Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Neglect case

I just got back from the groomer's to take photos. She called our adoption volunteer twice today to say what a terrible condition the cat was in. The nails were ingrown, the tail was all matted and the fur was in bad shape. Plus the cat is really skinny. She's bathed it twice and she says it's still smelling of defecation. She said she'd probably need to take the whole of today just to do this one cat because he needs to much work.

She said when he passed the cat over it was a carrier which had never been cleaned - when she opened it, cockroaches started running out because the carrier was so filthy. It had layers of newspapers just piled on top of each other in it.

To top it all off, the adopter called me this morning before the cat was even out of the house and asked if he could take another Persian. He said he wants another cat.

I've taken the photos to allow the foster to decide if they want to prosecute. At any rate, I'm definitely calling the guy to give him a piece of my mind now that the cat is safely out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has the cheek to ask for another cat - jolly well ask him to fly kite!!

31/8/05 3:43 PM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

I'm sure you can dial "999" in this case! Surely it falls under "ill treatment" under S 42 of the Animals and Birds Act!

31/8/05 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The adopter is "mad" and he ought to be incarcerated!!

31/8/05 4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please make a police report as a threat that he never gets to touch another cat in his life!

31/8/05 4:01 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We're going to leave it to the foster to decide.

31/8/05 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Helga said...

Please don't let him get away with this! After what happened to the Alaskan malamute the papers might just want to print this kind of story. If the law does not provide appropriate punishment for the abusers, at least shame them to deter others.

31/8/05 5:25 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Dawn, he don't deserve another cat. If he has another cat, i think his other cat whom you saw will suffer the same fate. This man cannot appreciate another being as an individual, he don't deserve another cat, or his only cat, for that matter.

31/8/05 6:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - what I meant was that it's up to the foster to decide if they want to prosecute. We're banning him forever from adopting from us.

31/8/05 6:15 PM  
Blogger Sivasothi said...

So glad the cat got out alive.

31/8/05 11:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - me too. I heaved a sigh of relief when the cat was out.

1/9/05 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, any idea why this cat had ended up like that? What's his story?


1/9/05 12:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The guy was very vague. First he said it was sick. Then he said it wasn't a good cat, but it seems quite sweet. Somehow he just didn't like this cat.

1/9/05 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn, your work is very interesting! Your work can open your mind to opportunities of understanding people's behaviour with true case study.

From the picture, I think giving the cat a health check would be good.


1/9/05 1:21 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks. Yes he'll definitely be getting a checkup once he's less stressed and has been cleaned up.

1/9/05 1:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good night Dawn.


1/9/05 1:42 AM  

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