A Florida woman, who was feeding feral cats in Broward County, was attacked and brutally beaten behind a McDonald’s in Oakland Park just over a week ago. As reported by WSVN News, 63-year-old Maria Salete Ouverney was left battered and bruised when 28-year-old Antonino Santo Romano attacked.
Broward County Sheriff’s officials arrested Romano in Port St. Lucie – the man is facing a felony murder charge, and one count of carjacking without a firearm or weapon, for the January 18 incident.
On the GoFundMe fundraiser created for Ouverney, the terrifying attack was recounted:
Maria, a local beloved pet advocate from Oakland Park, FL is currently in the hospital and desperately needs our help. Maria was brutally beaten and robbed of her purse and car on January 18th while doing her daily feeding at one of the feral cat colonies she cares for. The severity of the attack left her with numerous facial, nasal, and optic fractures. She is currently on a morphine drip to help with the excruciating pain and will undergo surgery on Jan 23rd once the swelling has subsided.
The fundraiser also describes Maria’s work with stray animals:
Many in the community know Maria but for those who don’t, please allow me to describe what a remarkable individual she is. This 63 year old woman fits every definition of “selfless,” and surpasses it daily. Her kindness radiates from her altruistic soul and is something we can all learn from. Maria has dedicated her life to stray, unwanted, abandoned and abused cats and kittens in her Oakland Park and Margate neighborhood. She started taking stray cats into her home to help them avoid euthanasia. This began her mission of feeding, trapping, and providing medical care, as well as fostering and finding forever homes for her four-legged friends.
Find the fundraiser for Ouverney at this link.
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