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Hermitage: Cat dies after being spray painted

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HERMITAGE, Pa. - Donations are pouring in to help track down whoever is responsible for spray painting a cat.

The stray cat was found along South Darby Road.

A family who had been feeding the cat for several months was shocked when it showed up at their door, spray painted bright orange.

"It's just awful that someone could even think about doing that to a poor cat," said Mara Redmond who reported the incident to humane investigators.

The cat was taken to a veterinarians office, but died shortly afterwards. Humane officers believe fumes from the spray paint caused the animals death.

"We think the fumes got into it because there was some paint on it's face and everything," said Mercer County Humane Officer Tom Swartz. "We think it ingested some of the chemicals from the paint."

Hermitage Police and humane officials are investigating the case. Police warn the crime is punishable up to five years in prison.

"We won't tolerate any such activity," said Chief Brian Blair. "It's just unacceptable behavior."

A reward is being offered for information. Initially, the Humane Society was offering $100 but, thanks to private donations the reward has risen to about $800.

"I'm really proud of the community we have in Mercer County," said Swartz. "There's a lot of people out there willing to help."

Anyone with information, or who would like to make a donation is encouraged to contact the Humane Society.

Mercer County Humane Society

1280 Dutch Lane

Hermitage, PA 16148

(724) 981-5445

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