Trudy DeWeese said neighbors and Mayor Brian Stack are offering the reward for information. “Please, if you have any tiny bit of information, please call the police. You never know what could lead to catching this person,” said DeWeese, a neighbor of the pet's owner.
The cat, owned by a woman who lives near Manhattan Avenue, up the hill from Union City, went missing for a week. Then “Max” returned having been tortured with cuts, starvation, shaved hair, and what looked like a symbol carved into his head.
DeWeese says that her neighbor brought the cat over to borrow the phone and call the vet after her cat returned.
“She came over to my house last week and said her phone wasn’t working and she needed to call the vet,” said DeWeese. “[She said the cat] had come home but was in bad shape. Some of his fur was taken off and in his head was some sort of symbol that may have been cut in there.”
DeWeese said her neighbor took him to the vet who put him on an IV, as his cuts were infected.
“He was so sad and scared,” said DeWeese, who went to visit the animal before he passed away.
According to DeWeese, neighbors are frightened.
“We have already put up thousands of posters in the area and we want to put up more in nearby towns,” said DeWeese. “It’s frightening all of us. These kind of people escalate.”
She added, “This is a nice neighborhood. A lot of us have cats and dogs. We are all very afraid. We have had animals disappear and we don’t know what has happened to them.”
The owner of the cat told NJ.com, “Max didn’t deserve this. He was a wonderful creature and a friend of people and we have to be friends back. He really was unusual. Please on behalf of a great animal and on behalf of other animals, please let us know so this doesn’t happen again.”
If you have information call the Union City Police Department at (201) 865-1111.