Accused Cambridge animal abuser searched online for ways to lure, harm cats, prosecutors say

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A man is facing several counts of animal cruelty in connection with the abuse of several cats in Cambridge earlier this year. Rashad Gober, 31, of Cambridge, was arrested Thursday in the animal cruelty cases that happened between March and May, police said. An animal control officer responded May 6 […]

A man is facing several counts of animal cruelty in connection with the abuse of several cats in Cambridge earlier this year. Rashad Gober, 31, of Cambridge, was arrested Thursday in the animal cruelty cases that happened between March and May, police said. An animal control officer responded May 6 to a call about an animal crying underneath a car and discovered that a cat, whose hind legs were bound with masking tape, had already died. A necropsy showed that a large percentage of “Gosha’s” fur was missing, and the cat suffered multiple BB gunshot wounds across its face and body. During an investigation into the case, two additional, past cat cruelty cases in East Cambridge were brought to the attention of the Cambridge Police Department.A BB gun was used to injure “Tammy” on March 3 or 4 in East Cambridge, police said. The cat was able to recover from its injuries. Police said at some point between May 2 and 5, another East Cambridge cat — “Buddy” — suffered chemical burns, but was also able to recover from its injuries.Gober’s landlord and a maintenance man turned him into police after they found evidence in and around the building, including BB gun pellets, cat hair in the basement, cans and plates of cat food scattered in the vacant first floor apartment.Police said Gober claimed to find Buddy in his back yard and brought it into his apartment for medical attention. Gober had allegedly notified the owner through a neighborhood social networking app that he found the cat and returned Buddy to her. After investigating tips submitted from the community and gaining further information during their investigation, Gober was arrested at his home.During his arraignment in Cambridge District Court, prosecutors said cat fur and BB pellets were found in the basement and a trail of cat food was found in Gober’s home.A probe of Gober’s computer showed that he searched the internet for terms including, “Cambridge Massachusetts stray cats”, “most stray cats in Cambridge”, “what happens if you throw bleach on a cat”, “sounds to lure cats” and “cats don’t respond to punishment,” prosecutors said. “I commend everyone involved in this investigation—from the Cambridge Police Department, the City of Cambridge Animal Commission and our own law enforcement officers—for their steadfast commitment to uncovering the evidence that led to the arrest of Rashad Gober,” said Tom Grenham, director of the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Division.

A man is facing several counts of animal cruelty in connection with the abuse of several cats in Cambridge earlier this year.

Rashad Gober, 31, of Cambridge, was arrested Thursday in the animal cruelty cases that happened between March and May, police said.

An animal control officer responded May 6 to a call about an animal crying underneath a car and discovered that a cat, whose hind legs were bound with masking tape, had already died.

A necropsy showed that a large percentage of “Gosha’s” fur was missing, and the cat suffered multiple BB gunshot wounds across its face and body. During an investigation into the case, two additional, past cat cruelty cases in East Cambridge were brought to the attention of the Cambridge Police Department.

A BB gun was used to injure “Tammy” on March 3 or 4 in East Cambridge, police said. The cat was able to recover from its injuries. Police said at some point between May 2 and 5, another East Cambridge cat — “Buddy” — suffered chemical burns, but was also able to recover from its injuries.

Gober’s landlord and a maintenance man turned him into police after they found evidence in and around the building, including BB gun pellets, cat hair in the basement, cans and plates of cat food scattered in the vacant first floor apartment.

Police said Gober claimed to find Buddy in his back yard and brought it into his apartment for medical attention. Gober had allegedly notified the owner through a neighborhood social networking app that he found the cat and returned Buddy to her. After investigating tips submitted from the community and gaining further information during their investigation, Gober was arrested at his home.

During his arraignment in Cambridge District Court, prosecutors said cat fur and BB pellets were found in the basement and a trail of cat food was found in Gober’s home.

A probe of Gober’s computer showed that he searched the internet for terms including, “Cambridge Massachusetts stray cats”, “most stray cats in Cambridge”, “what happens if you throw bleach on a cat”, “sounds to lure cats” and “cats don’t respond to punishment,” prosecutors said.

“I commend everyone involved in this investigation—from the Cambridge Police Department, the City of Cambridge Animal Commission and our own law enforcement officers—for their steadfast commitment to uncovering the evidence that led to the arrest of Rashad Gober,” said Tom Grenham, director of the MSPCA’s Law Enforcement Division.

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