Police allege the teen suspect used butane to torture a cat that had to be euthanized

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Credit: Bremerton Police Department

Police in Washington State have arrested a 16-year-old boy they claim tortured a cat Sunday night by setting the animal on fire.

Officers in Bremerton, Washington, made the arrest on Wednesday after receiving a tip that came just hours after local media outlets first began running video surveillance footage of the teen suspect.

Police will not be naming the minor, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE.

The 16-year-old faces a felony animal cruelty charge for allegedly dousing the yellow adult cat in butane before setting the animal ablaze, a press release on the incident reads.

A man out for a walk found the torched animal after noticing “something on fire” that “appeared to be moving.” He immediately called 911.

Police arrived to find the fire out but the cat “writhing in pain.” The animal had extensive burns on its back, tail and head, the police press release indicates.

Veterinarians tried treating the animal, but they eventually euthanized the feline, deeming the cat’s injuries too severe.

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