Black and white flyers topped with the words “Our beloved neighborhood cat has been tortured” began appearing last week on utility poles along Reservoir Street west of Alvarado. The flyers, which describe how a 14-year-old cat had his fur chopped and dyed and his whiskers cut off, keep reappearing even as they are being removed, said one Echo Park resident who lives nearby. The flyers and talk of dead cats being found nearby on Waterloo Street has this resident worried. They flyer urges residents to call the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force with any information about the abuse. “Who would do this?!” the flyer asks.
Officer Tami Shepphird with the LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force said she has received a call from a woman who described the abuse to her cat and was going to spread the word about the incident. Shepphird said she is not aware of any other reports of animal abuse in the immediate area. .”I have had not had any further phone calls or a reply to that flyer,” she said.
Anyone with information should call the Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 486-0450