PETITION TARGET: Middlesex District Attorney’s Office
UPDATE (10/11/2021): Rashad Gober committed suicide in Boston in late September while awaiting trial for alleged animal cruelty charges, with his death confirmed by family in Georgia and the Middlesex District Attorney, according to the Cambridge Day.
Police arrested Gober in July, after tips into the torture of three neighborhood cats led to Gober’s home and concerning evidence. He was released from custody in August with an ankle monitor, according to a Cambridge District Court clerk.
He faced up to seven years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine for each count of animal torture, which is a felony in Massachusetts.
—Lady Freethinker staff
Found with his legs bound with duct tape and 11 BB gun shots riddling his tiny body, Gosha the kitten died a slow and agonizing death before police found him underneath a car in Cambridge, Mass.
While investigating the crime, Cambridge police also received reports of Tammy, another cat shot with a BB gun, and a third cat, Buddy, covered in chemical burns.
Tammy survived her injuries. Gosha and Buddy died as a result of the attacks.
Following an investigation from March to May, authorities arrested Rashard Gober, 31, on four counts of animal cruelty — a felony crime. If convicted, Gober faces up to seven years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
Police noted they had invested significant resources into finding and charging a suspect in these grotesque crimes given the “great alarm” caused to the East Cambridge Community, in a department press release.
Innocent animals should not be tortured or shot to death. Whoever killed and burned these helpless community cats must be held accountable for his or her actions.
Sign our petition urging the Middlesex County District’s Attorney to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the individual who committed these atrocious acts, including a lifelong ban on possessing animals.