Ponzu, known by Instagram handle @ponzucoolcat, with nearly 30,000 followers, was a beloved four-legged figure on the social media platform. At the time of his passing, Ponzu was only 3 years and 4 months old.
However, the owner of the Insta-famous feline has announced the passing of Ponzu in a tragic attack that occurred over Easter weekend. Through a post to Ponzu’s Instagram, it was shared that he died “after suffering shock and injuries from an incident in our park.”.
Allegedly, Ponzu’s owner and her boyfriend were out on an evening walk through a park in Brooklyn, when a child approached them. The boy, around 12, grabbed Ponzu by the leash and yanked him into the air before throwing him onto the ground.
Ponzu managed to escape, but not without severe injuries. When his owner recovered him, his back was severely bleeding.
The mother of the boy then began a verbal assault directed at Ponzu’s family. Accounts claim that she said “don’t blame me, you’re the one who was wrong. Why did you take a cat [for a] walk?” she allegedly said. “This is what you [get] when you walk you f*****g cat b***h!”.
The attack then escalated as Ponzu’s owner was punched and kicked by three women.
Her boyfriend sustained a broken nose so severe that it required surgery.
Ponzu’s family said of their pet that:
“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.”.
A police investigation is ongoing, and the family intends to seek charges against the perpetrators.