Police are investigating after the deaths of cats in the Waterbury district


WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – Cats have died in a Waterbury neighborhood and advocates say it’s clear they were beaten.

Eyewitness News spoke to a woman who cares for one of the victim cats.

“I’m going to start crying,” Lisa Syr said.

For weeks, Lisa has been taking care of this cat, Robin.

He was found with a broken jaw in the Town Plot area of ​​Waterbury.

“It’s tough, it’s really tough, to see the pain and the trauma and everything he’s been through. He’s been very well taken care of,” Lisa said.

Lisa was alerted to Robin due to her work with the Connecticut Cat Support Team.

They focus on helping stray and feral cats.

Robin has already had surgery, expecting to need more help soon.

“When the spacers come out, he will be able to open and close his mouth just fine and be able to groom himself and eat. His jaw, I was told, will never go back to normal again, but he will be able to do all of that,” said Lisa said.

Shortly after discovering Robin, Lisa learned that other cats had been found beaten up in Town Plot and the nearby Brooklyn neighborhood.

They were all similar beatings, and she thinks someone is behind it.

“It was heartbreaking,” Lisa said.

Eyewitness News caught up with her just days after discovering this cat.

We blurred the image due to its graphic nature.

“Very awful, his head was… very, like someone smashed his head in,” Lisa said.

Lisa quickly caught the attention of animal rights groups across the state.

Desmond’s army also believes someone is responsible.

“The amount of cats found and the way they were found, they looked like they had been beaten up. it all seems like some kind of vicious, brutal beating,” said Zilla Cannamela, co-founder of Desmond’s Army.

The police are investigating Robin’s case.

So far, this is the only one reported to the police.

Lisa said every suspected case of animal cruelty must be reported.

“Reach out to someone, just this needs to be reported every time it happens,” Lisa said.

To see a GoFundMe set up to help with Robin’s medical expenses, click here.