UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The cruel actions done to a cat has also brought out the goodness in others, as one man nurses it from the brink of death.

“Just looking at her and saying I hope she is OK and I said that’s a good name for her.”

That’s how Bob Rowell describes the calico cat he found Sunday night on the sidewalk across the street from his house on High Street in New Castle.

Police say the cat had been hanged from a tree and set on fire.

Rowell was the person who took Hope to his vet and now that the story is out, reward money is being donated to the Union Township Police Department to help solve this case.

Rowell is taking care of Hope and food and medicine has been donated to him.

A fund has also been set up in Hope’s name.

Meantime, Union Township Police officer Ryan King says they are working on leads and hunches.

“I believe somebody on that street knows what happened and nobody is coming forward yet,” he said. “And this is a very small town. Yes, very small.”

When an arrest is made, police say those responsible will be charged with animal cruelty and whatever other charges the DA wants to attach.

If you have information call the Union Township Police Officer Ryan King at 724-652-5203. If you would like to make a donation, call North Memorial Animal Hospital at 724-656-0980.

UPDATE (Friday, Aug. 30): The local humane society is increasing its reward to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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