Marseilles cat is recovering after reported abuse

Police still seeking culprit

Freyr is “doing great and healing beautifully,” said Marseilles Mayor Jim Hollenbeck.

The Ryall Street neighborhood cat was found Friday with Gorilla Glue and a substance identified possibly as corn meal poured all over it. Officers also discovered zip ties on Freyr’s paws, which were removed.

Freyr was taken to Fox Valley Veterinary Hospital in Ottawa and treated. Residents chipped in to pay the vet bills.

“He is acting normally even asking to go outside,” Hollenbeck said. “He is resting a lot but seems to be feeling great.”

The police are still looking for the individual(s) who harmed him. A $1,250 reward was collected by the community, including a contribution from the mayor. Torturing an animal is a felony in Illinois, the Marseilles police said.

If anyone has any information, contact the Marseilles Police Department at 815-795-2131 and ask for Detective Mike Bird.

“I hope we get justice soon,” Hollenbeck said. “Someone has to know something.”

Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.