PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- The Atlanta Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for burning a two-­year-old catin Union City

The Fayette County Humane Society rescued the male cat, now called Grayson, from an apartment complex in early August after getting a tip.

The Union City Police Department filed a report and is seeking the public's assistance in identifying anyone responsible for dousing the cat with lighter fluid and setting him on fire.

Contact Captain Eugene Tate with the Union City Police Department at 770-515-7835 or

The woman who found him said Grayson The Cat had been doused with lighter fluid and set on fire by gang members. She wouldn't tell police any names out of fear of retribution.

But her call led the Fayette Humane Society to rescue Grayson after he'd been crawling around the Union City Apartment complex for days.

"I'm not sure why somebody would do this, we ask ourselves that daily when we hear about such acts of cruelty," said Jan Abbott of the Humane Society.

Grayson has been healing from the burns for a month now in Peachtree City, and seems to be doing fine. He certainly isn't shy around humans. Once he entered the room at the VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital, he didn't stop purring.

"That's a pretty big burn but he seems to be pretty tough, he's got a unique personality," said Dr. Chris Lea. "The scars should heal just fine, and he should have a normal life."

Grayson does have a feline version of HIV, called FIV. It's not transmissible to humans, and only to other cats by bites or scratches. An owner of another FIV-positive cat in Maine has her heart set on Grayson.

But if she can't afford his trip up to her state, the cat will have to go to someone nearby. So far, no one has stepped forward. Abbott thinks airing his story will compel someone to help.

"That's what makes it worthwhile, to save a cat like this that's been burned and has a disease, because we know he can have a good life," Abbott said.

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