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* Black-and-white cat was found drowned in the Redwood Shores lagoon with a five-pound dumbbell tied around its neck

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A black-and-white cat was found drowned in the Redwood Shores lagoon on Wednesday with a five-pound dumbbell tied around its neck. The male cat was discovered by Redwood City public works employees and brought to the Peninsula Humane Society, shelter spokesman Scott Delucchi said. The dumbbell was attached to the cat’s neck with zip ties, he said.

The cat appeared to be middle-aged and his front paws were declawed, indicating that he was likely someone’s pet, Delucchi said.”This was not a feral cat,” he said. The PHS is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime. The nature of the crime indicates clear intent to harm the animal, which is a felony, he said. Delucchi said the PHS has been looking through reports of lost cats and checking Craiglist for leads, but nothing has come up yet. The cat did not have a collar or an identification microchip.

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