Reward doubles to $5,000 in cat cruelty investigation

A reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for setting a cat on fire has doubled to $5,000.

A news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said the investigation into the abuse of Meshach, a severely burned cat found by Michael and Summer Finn of Eagle Point in December, is still open. Deputies are conducting interviews in the case.

Originally, the Humane Society of the United States put up $2,500 as a reward. Then Sanctuary One, a Jacksonville animal rehabilitation farm, matched the reward.

Meshach, a stray that came to the Finns' door on a regular basis, was found with severe burns to his face and under his tail Dec. 22. The cat was taken to Jackson County Animal Control, then to Best Friends Animal Hospital in Talent, where he was treated for his injuries.

Meshach is still healing from his injuries at the animal hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the sheriff's office at 541-774-6800.

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