THE beloved Instagram cat Ponzu passed away on April 4 following a deadly incident with a boy at a park in Brooklyn, New York.
The Instagram famous cat PonzuCredit: @ponzucoolcat/twitter
What happened to Ponzu the cat?
Ponzu’s owner Chanan Aksornnan, 34, said her beloved cat was allegedly killed following an attack by a 12-year-old boy and his family against the owner and the cat.
Askornnan, known as “Chef Bao Bao”, was walking Ponzu and four other pets – a dog, a bird and another cat – with her boyfriend in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park on April 4.
A boy allegedly tripped on Ponzu’s leash, and then pulled on it.
However, Aksornnan alleges the child intentionally pulled the lead and dragged the moggie along the ground, ripping its claws out.
Ponzu’s owner Chanan Aksornnan is seen being attacked by a boy’s family
Aksornnan also claims the boy threw the cat into the air.
A woman, believed to be the boy’s mother, responded by saying: ”This is what you got when you walk your f****** cat, b****”.
A fight soon broke out between the cat’s owner and the boy’s family.
Shocking footage shows Askornnan being punched and kicked to the ground by a group of people.
Her dog’s tail appears to be pulled by an unnamed man in the clip.
Ponzu’s owner Chanan AksornnanCredit: @ponzucoolcat/twitter
Askornnan’s boyfriend, who has not been named, was reportedly injured during the brawl.
The famous cat, who suffered from a heart condition, died at the scene.
In an Instagram post on April 7, Askornnan wrote that the cat died of “shock and injuries” following the incident.
How many followers on Ponzu have on Instagram?
Ponzu has over 45,000 followers on Instagram.
Askornnan told Greenpointers: “The family not only did not offer any apology nor remorse.
“They immediately began a verbal abuse which escalated into a physical assault.”
The beloved Instagram cat has over 45,000 followers on the social media platformCredit: @ponzucoolcat/twitter
What did the cats owner say about Ponzu’s death?
In an Instagram post, Ponzu’s owner shared, “Dear Friends – it is with an immense sadness and anguish that we bring you this tragic news: our beloved Ponzu died on Easter Sunday after suffering shock and injuries from an incident in our park.
“We are traumatized, lost for words, heartbroken. Our family got physically assaulted that day and there is a pending police investigation to find and charge the perpetrators who showed no empathy for animals nor humans.”
The post continued: “We feel robbed. Ponzu was taken away from us way too soon. He was only 3 years and 4 months old. We lost our beloved boy. Mango, Tofu, and Kimchi lost their brother.
Ponzu’s owner announcing the cat’s death on InstagramCredit: @ponzucoolcat/twitter
“Ponzu was one of a kind, special. We fell in love with him from the first sight. He was gentle, caring, loving, playful, and handsome. He was curious and loved outdoors. He was well travelled. And he brought joy and smile to millions across the globe.
“Yes, his heart was fragile, and we learned how to keep him in a good health and spirits through tender, love, and daily medical care. He was doing so well and was so happy traveling with us to the West Coast just last week. We were not prepared for the way he left this world,” the Instagram post added.
“We will love, remember, and cherish him forever. Rest in peace our beautiful boy. Mommy, Daddy, Mango, Tofu, and Kimchi”
On April 22, New York police confirmed the arrest of 42-year-old Evelyn Serrano, according to Voice of America.
No additional information was provided, and it’s unclear whether Serrano is related to the boy who allegedly started the whole incident.
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