An African serval cat hybrid in Detroit was shot and killed before someone dumped it in a trash can.
DETROIT (AP) — A big cat that had been roaming Detroit’s northeast side has been killed, an animal rescue advocate says.
The 25-pound Savannah cat named Chum was found in a trash can Monday evening on the city’s northeast side, the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/15ebdTy ) reported.
Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek of Paws for the Cause feral cat rescue said a resident shot the cat days ago.
The cat had escaped about a month ago from a home in a neighboring suburb, and the owners were devastated to hear about their pet’s death, she said.
A Savannah is a hybrid domestic house cat and African serval cat. They have long legs and spots like a small leopard, and are sold for thousands of dollars.
“I think people can’t just go around shooting things they don’t understand,” Wilhelm-Bruzek said Tuesday. “I think we need to be a little bit more respectful of the animals and human beings around us. I’d love to see someone look into it and investigate it. But I’m not holding out a lot of hope.
“This whole thing from the beginning has just been a mess.”
Neighbors told the newspaper that they contacted the Michigan Humane Society and Detroit police when the cat was seen roaming the neighborhood, but said that both declined to investigate.