Cat Injury Case Update



On January 2, 2022, the Chico Police Department responded to an address in a residential area in north Chico regarding a possible animal abuse. The caller was the owner of a cat which he believed had been intentionally maimed. The cat had sustained a severe tail injury and was “de-gloved,” meaning the skin from the animal’s tail had come off. The tail was located on a pillow next to the residence. The owner rushed his cat to the vet where it was treated and is recovering from the injury. The owner was understandably distressed, as it appeared this was a deliberate act and that the cat’s tail was “staged” or placed on the pillow.

Since the original report, the Chico Police Department has been actively investigating this as an animal abuse case. Evidence gained, including blood trail evidence and video surveillance from neighboring residences, has enabled investigators to determine this was an accident and not a deliberate act. Surveillance from a neighboring security camera showed a cat matching the description of the victim cat apparently being struck by a passing vehicle. The cat ran toward a neighboring residence and a blood trail was located which was consistent with the cat’s movement after being struck by the vehicle. It was also determined the pillow the cat’s tail was found on is a pillow the owner kept outside his residence, and was not out of place. It is believed that the cat, after sustaining significant injury to its tail, likely tended to its own tail, which was likely still barely attached at the time it laid on the pillow. The original veterinarian who treated the injured cat agreed the cat’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a vehicle.

The Chico Police Department would like the public to know that it takes crimes against animals extremely seriously. Though it has been determined this incident was accidental, it does not diminish the anxiety felt by the owner as he cares for his beloved pet. We wish a full recovery to the family pet as it heals from this traumatic injury.

Supervisor: Sergeant D. Bailey S11

Commander: Lieutenant T. Tupper L7

The Chico Police Department is committed to ensuring our community is a safe place to live, work, and recreate within!

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