Cambridge Police and the MSPCA say they've arrested an East Cambridge man animal cruelty charges for the cats that were tortured between March and May. One of the cats was found dead; the other two were brought in for treatment and survived.
Police say postings made by Rashad Goober, 31, on NextDoor after a cat named Buddy showed up at home with what turned out to be chemical burns in early May helped focus their attention on him. Police were already investigating the death of a cat named Gosha, found with much of its fur stripped, its rear legs bound with tape and its body riddled with injuries from BB pellets. Gosha had been shot 11 times.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Gober claimed to find Buddy in his backyard and brought it in 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, the Cambridge Police and the MSPCA recovered key evidence in these cases from the defendant’s apartment, vehicle and phone.
In addition to the injuries to Gosha and Buddy, Gober was also charged with shooting a cat named Tammy with a BB gun on March 3 or 4, police say.
Gober, arrested at his home this morning, is scheduled for arraignment today in Cambridge District Court, police say. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
In a statement, Police Commissioner Branville Bard, Jr., said:
We recognize and can understand the great alarm these cases caused to the East Cambridge community and particularly to the cat owners. We have invested significant resources and closely collaborated with the Animal Commission, the MSPCA, and Middlesex District Attorney’s Office to ensure justice would be served following these very disturbing acts.