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Police say cat was duct-taped, burned by cigarette

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By Staff Reports

UPDATE:

After reading The Gazette’s report on an animal cruelty case, a Fries man was so upset that he has offered a $200 reward to information that leads to a conviction of the person responsible.
Bobby R. Jones said Friday that he was angered by the case of Sadie Schaeffer, whose cat, Tiger, went missing and returned wrapped in duct tape with a lit cigarette taped to its mouth. The cat also had a broken jaw and skin lacerations.
“We can’t have this kind of cruelty in our community,” Jones said, noting that he loves his pets and even feeds and cares for animals that aren’t his own.
Jones encouraged others who feel the same outrage to join him in offering a reward.
Galax police are searching for a suspect. If anyone has any information that they feel may be important to this case, they are encouraged to call the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101 or text “Galax” followed by your news tip to TIP411 (847411).

ORIGINAL STORY:

Galax police are searching for a suspect in a recent animal cruelty case that was brought to the department’s attention earlier this week.
Lisa Smith Schaeffer of Galax contacted the police department on Monday afternoon, when her mother-in-law’s cat returned after going missing the day before.
Her mother-in-law, Sadie Schaeffer, said that the cat, Tiger, returned with duct tape wrapped around it’s mouth and tail. A cigarette had also been lit and taped to its mouth, she added.
Tiger was taken to Healing Springs Animal Hospital, where it was treated for a fractured jaw and skin lacerations. “The vet said that his jaw had been broken in two places, and that the skin had been torn away from the jaw in some way,” Lisa said.
There was also some burn damage due to the cigarette, according to Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.
Lisa said that Tiger was doing well after surgery, but was still at the vet’s office on Wednesday.
Since the cat was only missing for one day, Lisa thinks that it couldn’t have wandered off very far. Police took evidence at the scene for the investigation, which was still ongoing on Wednesday evening.

If anyone has any information that they feel may be important to this case, they are encouraged to call the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101 or text “Galax” followed by your news tip to TIP411 (847411).