The victims of a possible hate crime said they were left shaken after they stumbled upon the mutilated body of a cat left outside their business in Sacramento, California.
Michael, Diana, and Kelly Shum, who are of Chines descent, reported the incident to local authorities after finding the animal’s body inside a box left in front of their Mad Butcher Meat Company store.
Posting a surveillance video of the suspect, the family asked Facebook users to help identify him.
“Last night, this man left a mangled, dead cat on our property. It is impossible for us to fully discuss this incident without feeling an overwhelming amount of emotion.”
Following the incident, Sacramento City Council member Mai Vang issued a statement calling Monday night’s event “horrific and reprehensible.”
“Not only was an animal violently abused, but it was used to threaten and provoke fear at an Asian American-owned business in Sacramento.”
“As a city and as a community, we must work collectively to recognize the humanity of all people and stand united against all acts of hatred and bigotry. Our residents must not live in fear for their safety.”