As Andrea Bristol of rural Geneseo was heading home from work on April 5, something on a utility pole near the side of the road caught her attention.


As Andrea Bristol of rural Geneseo was heading home from work on April 5, something on a utility pole near the side of the road caught her attention.

“On Ropp Road, just off Route 92, I went by a pole and saw a fur ball. I thought it was a raccoon climbing down, but it wasn’t moving. Something wasn’t right,” said Bristol.

She stopped to investigate. What she found “immediately sickened me” she said.

“It was a cat, and a nail had been pounded through it’s hind foot,” she said. “I couldn’t believe what I?was seeing. I kept trying to tell myself that maybe it had just gotten caught, but, no, the nail was pounded right through its foot.”

Bristol said, at first, she thought the animal was dead.?“But then it wheezed like it was trying to breath. There was blood coming from its mouth and hair was missing, like it had been beaten up.”

Bristol called the Henry?County Sheriff’s Department. A deputy and the county animal control officer responded.

“The cat wasn’t reacting much at all. It would breath every now and then, and occasionally would get a bit of fight in it and try and struggle,” said Bristol.

The animal control officer used a pry bar to free the cat and immediately rushed it to a local veterinarian’s office.

The cat is recovering at Miller Veterinary Service in?Atkinson. The Henry?County Humane Society, Geneseo Chapter has agreed to pay for its vet bill, said chapter president?Karen Russell. She said the cat has been given an 80 percent chance of survival.

“I’ve heard the cat has a microchip in it and belongs to someone near Matherville. One of my neighbors also recognized it as a stray cat that one of our neighbors, who recently died, use to feed,” said Bristol.

“How could anyone do this to an animal?” she said.?“When it happened, I was so upset, but the next day, I was very mad. I wanted to tell everyone I?know in hopes that someone would know something and help this end in justice.”

Henry County authorities are asking area residents who may have information about the torture of the domestic cat to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-227-2324. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

“I’m glad the cat is still alive. I?hope it makes it and that this story has a happy ending,” said Bristol.

Donations are being accepted to help defray the cost of the cat’s veterinary care. Donations, with “abused cat”?in the memo line may be mailed to Henry County Humane Society-Geneseo, P.O. Box 145, Geneseo, IL?61254.