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$1,000 reward for info in Longfellow Park cat burning

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Memorial flowers were placed on a tree stump in Longfellow Park where a cat was found burned and impaled with a miniature American flag. Photo by Josh Grenier / FOX 9 News Memorial flowers were placed on a tree stump in Longfellow Park where a cat was found burned and impaled with a miniature American flag. Photo by Josh Grenier / FOX 9 News
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

A $1,000 reward is now being offered for information after the burned corpse of a cat was found staked to a tree with an American flag in Minneapolis' Longfellow Park -- and investigators say they have a possible suspect in the case.

No arrests have been made so far, and the U.S. Secret Service is keeping close tabs on the day-old investigation.

A park employee found the cat just after dawn on Monday. An Obama-Biden yard sign was also found lying near carcass, and officials say the case is being treated as a possible threat against President Barack Obama. Not long after the discovery, Minneapolis police, the FBI, U.S. Secret Service agents and other agencies were at the scene.

The recreation building at the park was a polling place for the primary election on Tuesday. Whether a threat or simply a prank, the timing is not thought to be coincidental.

Minnesota Federated Humane Societies is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of the cat. Anyone with information is asked to call MFHS at 612-866-8663.

Neighbors told FOX 9 News they believe the cat was a stray that had been in the neighborhood for years. They suspect the black and white cat was burned in the middle of a street half a block away before she was moved and put on gruesome display.

Flowers now mark the tree stump where the cat was found, and police are making themselves more visible in the area to help calm residents' nerves.

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