The Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Thursday offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the apparent poisoning of a cat owned by “Top Chef” contestant Carla Pellegrino.
The 16-month-old cat named Miccio (Italian for kitty) was found dead under a rose plant Tuesday in the backyard at Pellegrino’s home in Henderson.
Doug Duke, executive director of the NSPCA, called the incident “horrific” and said he hoped the reward would “encourage someone to come forward and do the right thing.” Duke said poison not only endangers other animals but children as well.
Pellegrino was vacationing in Miami when her daughter, Marcelle Braga, informed her of the pet’s death.
In a Facebook posting, Pellegrino blamed a “sick neighbor” for the animal’s death and said she had reported the incident to authorities.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
After surviving a cutdown from 1,280 contestants, DJ Truelove, DJ Zhaldee and DJ Presto One advanced Tuesday to the May 4 finals for the $100,000 showdown for the DJ job at Sapphire pool and dayclub.
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, co-founders of The Four Seasons, on hand Thursday for the 64th Las Vegas Walk of Stars installation. The cast of “Jersey Boys,” who headline at Paris Las Vegas, performed at the ceremony honoring Valli and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group. ... NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and fellow driver/boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse, celebrating her 31st birthday with dinner at Restaurant Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace) and Shania Twain’s show. Twain, dining at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago (Forum Shops at Caesars) after her show Wednesday. A vegetarian who loves mushrooms, her order included mushroom soup and mushroom salad . Exiled NBA referee Tim Donaghy presented one of his jerseys for The Mob Museum’s permanent collection. He was in town for a speaking and book-signing appearance at the museum. Donaghy spent 15 months in prison for gambling on National Basketball Association games while he was a ref. Def Leppard band members Joe Elliott, Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen and Rick Allen, at Thursday’s unveiling of their memorabilia exhibit at the Hard Rock Hotel, where they are performing. Planet Hollywood headliner CeeLo Green and “Bar Rescue” star Jon Taffer, sharing ribbon cutting honors for Wednesday’s opening of the 28th annual Nightclub and Bar Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Scientists say they are getting closer to being able to do “Jurassic Park”-style cloning of extinct species. Imagine that? Things that were thought to be extinct could be brought back from the dead. So there’s hope for NBC. It could turn around.” — Jay Leno
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