Officials are looking into a brutal case of animal cruelty in Roseville after a neighborhood cat was found hanging with a belt around her neck. The owners of that cat are looking for answers.
We found out not only was Sassy Girl a beloved member of the family she helped Monica Miller cope with multiple sclerosis.
"I miss her. She was like one of my best friends,” Moriah Miller, Sassy Girl’s teenage owner, said.
The Miller family surrounds themselves with their two cats but it's the missing piece of their family puzzle that has left them devastated.
"I thought it was a joke at first [that it was] some kind of sick joke that they're playing on us but no, no it wasn't," Moriah said.
Their 7-year-old cat sassy girl was found Thursday night in Roseville - dead. Someone had wrapped a belt around her neck and hung her on a picket fence.
"I would just ask why. Why would you do something so evil and cruel?” the teenager told FOX40.
Monica, Moriah’s mother, adopted Sassy Girl years ago she said the playful cat helped her deal with MS.
"The comfort she brought [to me]. The relaxation and the joy of just watching her on a daily basis,” Monica said.
While they are saddened by the loss they also explained they're comforted by the memories,
"Rub her neck, her head on the back of my head. For some reason she would give me a bath. I guess she thought I was dirty,” Jeramie Miller told us.
A loving cat who was so much more than a pet.
"She was there whenever I needed somebody to talk to. She wouldn't talk back to me of course but I would always talk to her and she wouldn't judge me,” Moriah said through tears.
The SPCA is urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (916) 783-7867. They're also offering a $2,500 reward.