Cleaners abusing cat?
I've been trying to find out more information about this case that happened over the weekend and that one of the caregivers drew my attention to. The caregiver met the witness at the vet. I managed to speak with the witness once when she called, but she had not left a number and did not call me back. The caregiver I know had her number and I managed to get her this morning.
What happened is that she saw some cleaners hitting one of the cats in the void deck with a plank. She said that they picked the cat up and put it in a sack. She ran after them and broke down crying, so they opened the sack, and the cat was covered in blood. She said that she took the cat and brought it to the vet, whereby the vet said that the cat was now blind and likely to be brain damaged as well. The witness said that the cat was pregnant.
Somehow the caregiver ended up taking the cat home, and the cat gave birth to two kittens on Sunday night.
I spoke to another caregiver in the area and she mentioned that she had been having problems with the new cleaners as well. She said that she often gave them a bit of money to thank them for helping to clean up as there were some dirty feeders in the area. However one of them came up and started demanding money every day. I told her that she should not feel obligated to give the money - and she told the cleaner the same thing and that she would report him to the Town Council if it went on. That stopped his demands, though she still gives him money twice a week. She said though, that she did want to keep on their good side as much as possible, as she did feel the feeders in the area could not be reasoned with (she had tried) and so they did have to clean up a mess. She said she noticed that they were rough with the cats, aiming their brooms at them, but if she gave them some money, they were noticeably nicer. I suggested this be brought up to the TC. She felt however she was comfortable with giving them a bit of 'coffee money'. She did feel that the abuse case should not go unpunished and that the TC's attention should be brought to the matter.
The witness had already made a police report over the weekend and is now waiting the vet report as the police need that as well.
On a side note, and to show how efficient the community cat caregiver network can be, somehow the caregiver in the area knew all the information when I spoke with her even though the witness had not told anyone about it. She did mention that someone had seen it happen.