‘Mini Cheetah’ That Roamed Detroit Streets Shot Dead

The African Serval cat's body was found in trash can

   

‘Mini Cheetah’ That Roamed Detroit Streets Shot Dead

savannah cat 200x300 Mini Cheetah That Roamed Detroit Streets Shot DeadIt seems that even predatory animals have a hard time surviving in Detroit.

Last week, residents of Detroit’s east side contacted animal control authorities and the Michigan Humane Society after a large Savannah cat was spotted prowling through the neighborhood. But neither the police nor the Humane Society wanted to become involved, USA TODAY noted.

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Paws for a Cause, a volunteer rescue group, began searching for the cat on Saturday. The three-year old cat, a cross between an African serval cat and a domesticated house cat, whose spotted coat causes it to resemble a miniature cheetah, had escaped from its owners’ home several weeks earlier. The cat was named Chum.

Sadly, the search for Chum ended on Monday night when the 25-pound cat was found dead. It had apparently been shot several days earlier and its body was dumped in a garbage can.

The founder of Paws for a Cause called the incident a “mess.” She said she hoped that authorities might investigate the animal’s death, but wasn’t “holding out a lot of hope.”

Detroit recently filed for bankruptcy protection, citing more than $18 billion in debt and little hope of paying its bills.

The city reportedly is home to as many as 50,000 abandoned dogs, some of which have attacked pets and people.


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