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Six cats abandoned on Newport docks; $2K reward offered

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for abandoning six cats in Newport.

An update to the story we reported earlier this week on the abandoned cats.

The Potter League for Animals announced on Friday there was a potential suspect in the case.

The incident is still under investigation and you are asked to call Newport Police if you have any information. Their number is (401) 847-1306.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for abandoning several cats in Newport.

The Potter League for Animals in Middletown said a concerned citizen found and brought five cats to the shelter after they were apparently left overnight on the docks at Newport Shipyard and Marina on Washington Street.

The cats, which were stored in lobster crates, were discovered on Dec. 22 around 10:30 p.m.

"The cats had no access to food or water for an undetermined amount of time," The Potter League noted in a press release, adding that one cat ran away when the good Samaritan was assessing the situation and remains unaccounted for.

"Deliberately leaving these cats in harsh climate, without access to food or water is not only cruel, it is a crime," The Potter League also said.

The Potter League said the cats were covered in flea dirt and scabs. Some of the animals were underweight and had extreme hair loss.

Now, the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty, along with Newport Animal Control and the Newport Police Department, have launched an investigation. The Potter League is offering the reward.


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