Rashad Gober, a gay BLM supporter, is seemingly blaming his arrest and charge of animal cruelty for torturing three different cats on police racism.
Cambridge Police announced the arrest of Gober, 31, at his home on Thursday, and charged him with four counts of animal cruelty, dating from March to May of this year. The investigation was initially opened after the discovery of a cat called Gosha on May 6th, who was huddled underneath a car, with her legs bound by masking tape. Further analysis on the deceased cat found a large percentage of her fur missing, also concluding that she had been shot repeatedly with a BB gun, with officers concluding that she had been subject to cruel torture.
The investigation then discovered two further cases of animal cruelty that they linked together, including a BB gun being used to wound a cat called Tammy on March 3rd/4th, who survived, and the case of Buddy on May 5th, who had suffered chemical burns. Posts on social media show an account under Gober’s name stupidly claiming that he had rescued Buddy, after seeing him injured in his yard and saving his life, which may have put him on the radar of authorities. Further posts under his Facebook account show he even claimed to have a lost cat who was tortured in the same way he allegedly tortured his feline victims.
Further evidence was discovered by maintenance man Dana Petrillo, who found “open cat food containers and bowls of milk spread out through the apartment in each room” of Gober’s first floor apartment, seemingly to lure as many cats as possible to their death. “There was cat food cans open in the yard right near the barrels and a camera over there facing the barrels like he was trying to catch a cat,” he said. Video footage from Gober’s landlord also showed a trail of cat food leading to his apartment door. Petrillo connected Gober to the cat torture case after seeing a flyer regarding one of the cats.