REDWOOD SHORES (CBS SF) – A black-and-white cat was found drowned in the Redwood Shores lagoon on Wednesday with a five-pound dumbbell tied around its neck.

The male cat was discovered by Redwood City public works employees and brought to the Peninsula Humane Society, shelter spokesman Scott Delucchi said.

The dumbbell was attached to the cat’s neck with zip ties, he said.

The cat appeared to be middle-aged and his front paws were declawed, indicating that he was likely someone’s pet, Delucchi said.

“This was not a feral cat,” he said.

The PHS is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime. The nature of the crime indicates clear intent to harm the animal, which is a felony, he said.

Delucchi said the PHS has been looking through reports of lost cats and checking Craiglist for leads, but nothing has come up yet.

The cat did not have a collar or an identification microchip.

Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-8200 or email at

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Comments (23)
  1. Bill Phipps says:

    Sorry cat. There are people in our society who don’t value life. Wish I could have been there to help.

  2. Greg says:

    Sick, sick people. I hope the innocent creature’s suffering was brief.

    1. Amy says:

      Daniel – This is news worthy. It is because animals cannot speak up, are helpless, and cannot defend themselves against humans. Therefore it is our responsibility to ensure their rights. Would it not be news worthy if it was an infant, a physically disabled elder, a mentally challenged individual? All cannot defend themselves against predators and it is our duty to protect their rights whether human or animal.

      If you look at the history of criminal behavior and the psychological history of someone who kills, tortures people, and becomes serial murderers, many start out by practicing on animals. They then escalate when they get more comfortable and desensitized from “practicing” their methods on animals.

      This is absolutely worthy of being in the news as a community deserves to know the kind of people living among them.

  3. keith says:

    Carma will get that punk.

  4. Keith says:

    I’m kinda split on this. If someond is killing animals for kicks, yeah that’s sick. If you have a pet that’s sick or injured, drowning is a humane way to put them down, and a lot more affordable than a trip to the vet.

    What if you have pets or livestock mauled by dogs or coyotes? I think a quick bullet to the head is the most humane treatment. Is that a felony?

    1. carol says:

      obviously, this is no accident or humane killing of an animal. Anyone that would do this is a complete s head that deserves the same…

    2. Kiki says:

      You are obviously an idiot as well. Let’s tie one to your neck and see how you like inhaling water….

    3. Amy says:

      Keith – Are you a complete moron? Actually, drowning is an extremely painful way to die. It is suffocation and prevents oxygen from going to the brain. A natural reflex of the body is to come up for air, but if you can’t, your lungs fill with water. This causes an intense burning sensation and can be described as feeling like being burned from the inside out.

      Maybe you would like to demonstrate this on yourself and you can let us know how humane it is.

      The article clearly stated the cat was in good health and even if it did need to be euthanized, the owners could have surrendered the cat to a shelter or animal rescue organization where a vet could determine the necessary medical attention it may have needed.

    4. Kelly says:

      Drowning? So if you are sick and dying, decide to off yourself, you think that being drowned is a peaceful, humane way to go? Wow.

    5. Glo says:

      Keith, Do you realize that individuals who practice this is “practicing”? The cat was not sick anyways.

  5. Eric Domejean says:

    Future Serial killer

    1. Geoff says:

      I agree with Eric

  6. Scott Jones says:

    Keith-you are obviously a moron. Drowning an an animal is not a “humane” way to put them down. Fool.

  7. Linda says:

    This is tragic!!! I have live in Redwood Shores since 1985. We recently have had birds killed that have had their wings cuts off, animals have been poisoned, shot at and even hung by wires at the Bridge Parkway overpass. Even our swans have been killed by senseless and cruel acts. We do have a group of younger males that continue to harass the Shores and all that live here. I agree with Eric…as it is proven that serial killers always start by killing small animals, and move on larger prey such as humans. As for Keith….you are SO WRONG!!!!! Drowning is horrible…care to try it out???

    1. Cc says:

      I live in the shores too and sad that our community has become this way. Too many moving in to the new complexes, more riff raff…more pollution. Just a shame.
      Our comm. used to be clean and safe. What is happening? catch these a–holes

  8. Scott says:

    Best punishment for the culprit who did this is to shove their head under water til they’re gasping for breath, just enough to make them realize what that poor cat had to deal with… only that it never had a chance.

    1. Darwin says:

      Then once they come to that realization you shove them back under and hold them there until they are done.

      1. Cc says:

        Yeah! Don’t forget to cinch the neck with ties too

  9. Linda says:

    There is now a nice reward for finding the culprit(s) to this senseless crime. I know that I would love to be at the hearing once they do so

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