A popular cat from Instagram has died after he was said to be hurt in a Brooklyn park by a boy who tripped over his leash, which ended in a violent altercation resulting in one arrest, according to police and the cat’s owners.
Ponzu was a gray tabby who boasted over 33,000 Instagram followers. The famous fur ball was taking a stroll with his owners when they came across the young boy in McCarren Park near Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, police said.
The child accidentally stumbled over the Insta-pet’s leash, and the cat was injured, according to police.
Chanan Aksornnan, owner of the furry influencer, said a group who was with the boy “did not offer any apology nor remorse” but started to argue with them instead.
“They immediately began a verbal abuse which escalated into a physical assault. I got punched and kicked by three women,” she told local blog Greenpointers, claiming that their dog and bird, who usually join them for their walks, were also accosted by the group.
Cops claim Aksornnan was allegedly kicked and punched by 42-year-old Evelyn Serrano, a Greenpoint resident, causing some small superficial wounds.
When Aksornnan’s boyfriend attempted to step in, he was said to be punched in the face, causing an injury on his nose, according to police.
Serrano left the scene of the incident, but has since been picked up by police due to her alleged participation in the scuffle on April 4, police reported.
The details on a possible existing relationship between Serrano and the child who had the confrontation with the feline is still unknown.
Aksornnan told the cat’s followers in an Instagram post that her cherished pet later passed away after “suffering shock and injuries.”
The post began:
“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,” Chanan said in regards to the death of her three-year-old pussy, who, not unlike George Floyd, was confirmed have had a pre-existing heart condition.
“We feel robbed. Ponzu was taken away from us way too soon,” she added.
“He was only 3 years and 4 months old. We lost our beloved boy. Mango, Tofu, and Kimchi lost their brother.”
As many influencers with a large social media presence do, the cat-mom started a GoFundMe page, posting it on the cat’s Instagram while celebrating the arrest of the suspect.
“What happened to Ponzu, Tofu, Mango, and to us was wrong and unconscionable. The news has taken over the social media now and is outside of our control. The awareness you created by sheer size of the public outcry has yielded results: one of the suspects got arrested yesterday,” she wrote.
However, the bereaved pet owner isn’t planning to stop there, saying:
“But this is just a beginning of a long, arduous, and expensive legal journey. We need to respect the process. And we need a proper legal representation for our case against our attackers and to help push for changes to the current laws and help increase pet owner’s [sic] rights.
“We have the gofundme site where you can donate to our cause. Many of you have already donated and we are extremely grateful. You have our promise that these funds will be used for the good cause.”
She then used the hashtag “#justiceforponzu” for her followers to get updated about the latest news regarding her dead cat.