Sheriff's deputies investigate cat burning

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into how a cat was severely burned in December, police officials said.

It's a case that comes with a potential $2,500 reward from the Humane Society of the United States for anyone who offers information leading to the arrest and conviction of people involved in the burning.

The animal cruelty case stems from a Dec. 11, 2011, incident in which a stray cat showed up outside the home of Michael and Summer Finn of Eagle Point. The Finns had seen the animal come and go several times before and had fed it.

This time, the cat had several burns on its face and tail, along with some charred areas of burned hair.

The Finns coaxed the cat inside and took it to Jackson County Animal Control, where officials then transported it to Best Friends Animal Shelter in Talent to receive treatment.

The staff named the cat Meshach after a biblical character thrown into a furnace.

Meshach has taken up permanent residence at Sanctuary One, a nonprofit care farm in the Applegate dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected and endangered domesticated animals. He is expected to make a full recovery, officials there said.

Investigators said anyone with information about the case should call 541-774-6800.

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