The Montreal SPCA seeks the public’s help for information related to a burned cat

mapMontreal, May 5th, 2017 – On Saturday April 29th, a deceased cat who had been severely burned was brought to the Montreal SPCA. It was determined that the cat, named Ciel by the Montreal SPCA staff, sustained extensive burns to her entire body. Ciel was found next to railroad tracks in the borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, near Bernard East and Saint-Dominique.

The Montreal SPCA’s Investigations and Inspections department has opened a criminal investigation into this case and is seeking the public’s help in order to identify Ciel and her former owners, as well as to apprehend the person responsible for this heinous act of cruelty. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact our inspection department at inspection@spca.com or (514) 735-2711 extension 2230. All tips are treated confidentially.

Though this is an isolated incident, the Montreal SPCA is advising pet owners in the area to keep their pets indoors, and supervised when outdoors.

“We are extremely disturbed by this case and are going to do everything in our power to achieve some form of justice for Ciel, and we are counting on the public’s help to find the person responsible,” said Me Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA. “Animal cruelty is a serious criminal offence and the perpetrator of this act could face up to five years in prison.”


Media contact: Anita Kapuscinska, Communications Manager, Montreal SPCA, 514 656-2760, or anitak@spca.com.

About the Montreal SPCA Founded in Montreal in 1869, we were the first animal welfare society in Canada and our mission is to:

  • protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
  • raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.

For more information about the Montreal SPCA, please visit our website at www.spca.com.

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