updated 01/22/2010 AT 5:18 PM ET
•originally published 01/22/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET
Retired Hollywood actor Ken Wahl is so angry over a cat abuse case in southwestern Minnesota that he has offered to donate the 1980s Golden Globe award he won for his role in TV’s Wiseguy, if someone can offer information leading to the culprit.
“I am offering my trophy because it is heavy, and I want to hit the person with it,” Wahl, an animal activist who is retired from show business, tells PEOPLEPets.com.
On Dec. 13, a 7-week-old orange tabby was found on the side of state Highway 60. Drivers, who thought the cat was alive, immediately took him to a nearby shelter across the South Dakota border in Sioux Falls.
“The baby kitten we named Timothy was brought to us on Dec. 13,” says Dana Wigg, a humane officer and animal cruelty specialist with the Second Chance Rescue Center in Sioux Falls. “We took him to the vet who found glue in his nasal passages, bloody paws and claws ripped off.”
Wigg and her staff are not sure what happened before the cat came into their care, but Timothy only lived for five days because he also suffered from frostbite.
“He died on his own and mysteriously,” says Wigg, who is still investigating the case. “It could have been a combination of reasons including neglect and frostbite. People have been sending in donations for an award if someone can lead us to whoever did this. So far we have raised more than $12,000.”
Wahl, who resides in California and Arizona, says that he wanted to do something outrageous, like offer his Golden Globe, in hopes of attracting attention to animal abuse, as well as find the person responsible for leading to the death of this kitten that he calls “Tiny Tim.”
“I am stepping outside of my comfort zone for this case,” Wahl tells PEOPLEPets.com. “I will do whatever it takes to get the person who performed this egregious act.”
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