A cat returned to his home on West Miller and Casey Street with a burned ear, broken jaw, and an injured leg.

“I heard him yelling, so I opened the front door and he came in, but it was dark so I couldn’t see him at first,” Beth Foster, the owner cried. “Then we turned the light on, and we saw what happened to him.”

Foster has had her cat, Raynathan, for two years and she is used to him going outside to play. When he did not return home Sunday night, she knew something was wrong. 

“All day Monday, my cousin and I were driving around,” Foster said. “We thought he got hit by a car and was on the side of the road somewhere.”

When Raynathan did return home, Foster brought him to Cornell, and then to a local vet. According to Foster, the vet ruled out a car accident or animal  it was foul play.

“His entire ear, I thought it was a road burn, but they said it was burned by fire,” Foster said. “She said if he was hit by a car, there would be damage on his paws from the pavement. Someone did this.”

Raynathan underwent jaw surgery. Frost said he has nerve damage to his front leg, that the vet believes was caused by something pulling it. If the feeling in his leg does not come back in two weeks, Frost said they may have to amputate it.

“I haven’t slept in two days,” Foster said. “All I can picture is what happened, and what he went through.”

Raynathan is now back at home, But Foster says he is not the same loud, playful cat he once was.

Animal Control is aware of this, but no word yet on the investigation. The vet also confirmed the surgery but does not want to make a comment at this time.