Burned cat

The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter is taking care of this cat, whose age is estimated at five months. Shelter officials say it was intentionally burned. (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS))

A kitten is suffering severe burns after being set on fire this week in East Baltimore.

According to Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter officials, on Tuesday two men saw the cat on fire in the 2400 block of Llewellyn Ave. The black kitten, about five months old, smelled of smoke and was singed on its back and belly.

"They saw the cat running on fire, then the cat rolled and put the fire out," said BARCS Executive Director Jennifer Brause. "They caught it and contained it until the police could arrive."

The cat will likely lose its ears, and it's skin is sloughing off, said Brause, who is asking the public to call 911 with any information about the case.

This is the third cat to be burned in Baltimore this year, according to BARCS.

Two juveniles were charged multiple accounts of animal cruelty in February after allegedly dousing a nursing mother cat with lighter fluid and setting her on fire in January.

On May 31, a 12-week-old kitten was set on fire in Park Heights. No arrests were made.