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Police: Cat Doused With Lighter Fluid, Set On Fire In Southern Ohio Town

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MIDDLETOWN, Oh. (WLWT) -  People who saw a cat engulfed in flames and running through their neighborhood are outraged after a man who lives nearby was charged with setting the fire.

“The fire was about a foot high off of the cat,” said Renee Manies who lives in the Middletown neighborhood. “I just started crying. I was screaming. I was saying, ‘who would do this to an animal?’”

Neighbors put out the fire but it was too late. The cat had to be put down.

“There was no fur, it was just like melted, it was awful,” Manies said.

Kevin Sullivan, who lives just a few feet from where the cat was first seen on fire, is charged with felony animal cruelty for the Sept. 18 crime.

He was arraigned in Middletown Municipal court Friday.

Security cameras captured the cat, fully engulfed in flames, running across Arlington Avenue. People are seen running to help the animal.

“I ran in and we’re getting bowls of water and a wet towel,” Manies said.

Police records show investigators went to Sullivan’s detached garage where they found evidence of the crime.

One officer wrote there was, “an overwhelming smell of lighter fluid” and they found “charred cat skin and cat hair.”

Sullivan is being held on a $50,000 bond.

To see the video from WLWT click here.

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