RISPCA: 'Severely neglected' cat found frozen to box near dumpster; Reward offered

A "severely neglected" cat that authorities said was found frozen to a box near a dumpster in Warwick is on the mend. (RISPCA)

A "severely neglected" cat that authorities said was found frozen to a box near a dumpster in Warwick is on the mend.

The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Warwick Animal Control discovered the male Persian cat outside Bayside Apartments on Sandy Lane Thursday.

"His fur was severely matted and covered in urine," the RISPCA said. "The cat was found frozen to the inside of the box that he was located in."

The cat was taken to Warwick Animal Hospital, where staff members have been treating him. They shaved 11.2 pounds of fur from his body, according to the RISPCA.

Authorities said staffers also detected a heart murmur and are caring for his infected eyes.

The RISPCA, which said that the cat was likely previously owned because he was neutered and de-clawed, is investigating. They are offering a reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

Contact Special Agent Earl Newman at 401-438-8154, ext. 6 or at cruelty@rispca.com, if you have information about the case.

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