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As of Monday afternoon, a reward stood at $700 for information leading to the conviction of a suspect in an animal cruelty case.
According to the Twin County Humane Society, there has been an outpouring of support online from people pledging money to a reward fund, after The Gazette published a story about a cat named Tiger who was abused.
Tiger, who belongs to Sadie Schaeffer of Galax, went missing for a day and returned with its mouth and tail wrapped in duct tape and a lit cigarette taped to its mouth. The cat also had a broken jaw and skin lacerations.
Tiger is recovering after surgery.
The fund was started by Bobby R. Jones of Fries, who on Nov. 8 offered a $200 reward and encouraged others to add to it. By Monday, donors contacting the newspaper, the Galax Police Department and the humane society had pledged a total of $700, according to the animal rescue’s Facebook page.
Galax police are still searching for a suspect. Anyone with information can call the Galax Police Department at (276) 236-8101 or text “Galax,” followed by the information, to TIP411 (847411).
Those interested in contributing to the reward fund should call the police department or Laurie Merry of the Twin County Humane Society at (276) 768-6595