Cat found with arrow through his neck in cruel act

A cat was found on Sunday, with an arrow through his neck, in an apparent case of deliberate animal cruelty in Perth’s north section of Ellenbrook.

According to the RSPCA WA, the cat survived after a Good Samaritan found him and rushed him to the Ellenbrook Vetwest for emergency treatment. The examining veterinarian reported the wound had become infected and was crawling with maggots indicating the cat could have suffered with the arrow for up to two days before having been rescued.

Now named Beau, he is on his way to a complete recovery. He will be available for adoption as soon as he is feeling better.

If anyone has any information relating to this incident, please either message the RSPCA or submit this online form: https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/animal-information/cruelty.php.

Help this sweet boy find justice.

(Photo of cat shot with arrow via FB)

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Cat walked 12 miles to return home and owners rejected him

In Raleigh, North Carolina, a cat walked 12 miles to return home to his family, and they rejected him. According to the SPCA of Wake County, Toby the adorable kitty, was given away by his owners to another family, but all Toby could think about was his previous home.

So off he went wanting to go home, and it was no easy trip; 12 miles later Toby returned to his original home, but his family rejected him again and this time brought him to the area shelter asking the staff to euthanize the lonely but loyal kitty. The shelter then notified the Wake County SPCA who came to fetch Toby and promised the shelter they would find him a new home.

On Monday, Toby was adopted! He will now live with another cat and two children.

(Photos of cat walked 12 miles FB)

Video: (Just days before he found his new home)

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Lawmakers consider ban on killing dogs or cats for food

House lawmakers will consider an amendment to the farm bill on Wednesday on whether to bar individuals from killing dogs or cats for food. The new provision would make it illegal for all Americans to “knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption.”

According to the Bloomberg Politics, the ruling would institute penalties for killing dogs or cats for food as well as being a participant in any commercial activity related to the slaughter of animals considered household pets. Three states currently ban the practice – New Jersey, New York and California.

The bill, introduced by Jeff Denham (R. Calif.) of the House Agriculture Committee, would subject violators to prison time and fines. Florida Representative Alcee Hastings (D) introduced similar legislation and currently has 239 co-sponsors as of March.

The Humane Society of the United States urge animal advocates and American citizens to act:

“Please urge your U.S. Representative to support the inclusion of four animal welfare bills: the PAST Act (H.R. 1847), the PACE Act (H.R. 4202), the PAWS Act (H.R. 909/S. 322) and the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (H.R. 1406) in the Farm Bill. These four bills already have tremendous bipartisan support and the Farm Bill is an ideal vehicle to get them passed through the House.

Please also urge your Representative to oppose the inclusion of Rep. Steve King’s dangerous anti-states’ rights bills, H.R. 4879/H.R. 3599, that could undercut the will of the people and force state and localities to allow the sale of dangerous and inhumanely-produced products.”

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Please take a moment to call your U.S. Representative now.Look up your legislator’s phone number. You can say, “As your constituent, I urge you to ensure three critical animal protection bills—the PAST Act on horse soring, the PACE Act on animal fighting, the PAWS Act on domestic violence against pets and the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act—are included in the Farm Bill. Please also ensure that Rep. Steve King’s legislation—H.R. 4879 and H.R. 3599—is not included. King’s legislation poses a very real threat to animals, consumers, and states’ rights across the country.”

 

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‘Pinky’ held at animal shelter for 2 years after spat with cat released

In Des Moines, Iowa, an eight-year-old dog named Pinky, held at an animal shelter for two years after a 2016 spat with a cat and thus labeled “dangerous,” was released on Monday after a long, heated court battle.

Pinky, who had been held in solitary “custody” for two years  had never bitten a person and did not kill the cat (though the cat was injured) but had been deemed a dangerous dog and designated as a “high risk” breed because she was designated as being a pit bull.

According to the DesMoinesRegister, Pinky had bolted from her owner’s property in March 2016 when a neighbor’s cat was injured. The cat’s owner saw Pinky carrying the cat in her mouth and yelled at the dog to drop her. The cat escaped and ran up a tree. Since then Pinky had been locked away at the Animal Rescue League (ARL) while a battle ensued to determine the dog’s life or death. Earlier this month, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Pinky, stating the city’s ordinance concerning dangerous animals was too vague.

On Monday afternoon, Pinky was able to visit with her previous owner who, because of the court case had sold the dog to shelter owner, Diana Helmers in order to help save the dog’s life.  Helmers insisted the dog was of no danger to anyone and petitioned the court to let her take the dog to Agape Fosters, an animal refuge she has owned and operated for 20 years.

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“Quinten grew up with Pinky.
He loved his dog and she gave love back. This is a family,” Dianna Helmers posted on Facebook as the initial reunion brought smiles to a young man and his dog.

Sadly, the fight isn’t over yet. Although Pinky drew her own crowd as she licked Quentin and nearly knocked him over with love and enthusiasm, Pinky was anything but a vicious dog. Quentin had been raised with the dog, however the city has now filed notice of an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Give the dog a break City of Des Moines.  Don’t you have something else to do besides trying to kick a dog to the curb that shows no aggression? At least for now, Pinky will be happy as she is re socialized and given lots of hugs, scratches and kisses.

(Photo and video from Saving Pinky Facebook, Dianna Helmers FB)

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Iowa city suspends police killing feral cats after public outrage

In Jefferson, Iowa, after public outrage and pressure from animal welfare organizations, city administrators suspended the city’s practice of trapping and fatally shooting feral cats on Thursday. A city ordinance permitted residents to use traps from the police department to capture the cats. Police officers would pick up the traps, determine if the cats were feral and shoot them.

According to WhotvNews, Jefferson City Councilman Matt Wetrich, stated feral cats can damage the ecosystem by killing millions of birds in the country and defended the idea of shooting cats. The cats shot had been deemed “unadoptable” while other cats had been moved to the animal shelter and made available to new homes.

The city code states officers can “humanely destroy feral cats,” but debate has increased whether shooting cats is humane. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa states the code also says this should not be a routine practice, however the ARL stated the Jefferson police use this method about once a month.

“If it’s their policy that you judge a cat you pick up to be unadoptable, that becomes routine” said Scott Wilson, the ARL’s Animal Welfare Coordinator.

The council argued that boarding cats in shelters and euthanizing them by more humane methods is more expensive than shooting them. The ARL, along with the Animal Protection and Education Charity, asked the city to implement spay, neuter and release programs which have been proven to be more effective.

“If you take the cats out of the community, more cats are going to fill the void; it’s just a natural function. If there’s a good environment for cats, cats are going to come in. Where if you have an existing colony that is not breeding, it’ll keep new cats from entering the colony, but the colony will slowly, over time, die out” said Wilson.

A city review could take 18 months to complete and get the new program operative.  For now the city is looking to temporarily house up to 30 cats and raise money for a new shelter.

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Ex-boyfriend who beat, suffocated and let kitten’s body hang jailed

An abusive ex-boyfriend from Birkenhead, Merseyside, United Kingdom, who tortured an eleven-week-old kitten to a slow, agonizing death has been sentenced to four months in jail.  The thug, Kieran Haynes, admitted on Tuesday at Wirral Magistrate’s Court, to causing  the unnecessary suffering of the kitten named Niko, who languished in agony for seven hours.

RSPCA officers have called the cruelty one of the worst cases they have ever seen. Inspector Anthony Joynes, who investigated the case stated he was heartbroken when he discovered the kitten.

“Nothing can fully prepare you for dealing with cases, such as this one, where the animal is already deceased when you arrive. The case involved the purposeful infliction of immense pain and suffering by way of physical violence on a completely defenseless and vulnerable 11-week-old kitten.

Animals can’t choose their owners and unfortunately poor little Niko found himself in the wrong place, at the wrong time and in the care of the wrong individual.”

Rest in peace little Niko. You deserved so much better. Haynes has also been fined $160 victim surcharge and is banned from keeping animals for the rest of his life.

(Photos screenshots of ex-boyfriend and kitten via the Liverpool Echo)

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Queensland ‘cat thrower’ apologizes for hurling cat into brick wall

An Ipswich man stepped forward on Friday, admitting he was the man captured on video hurling a cat over a fence and into a brick wall. The 19-year-old, identified as Samuel Conroy and referred to as the “cat thrower, stated he wanted to apologize for his actions.

According to 9News.Au., Conroy stated the video had been filmed  two weeks ago where he lives. He said the cat belonged to his roommate’s mother, but the cat was destructive by scratching. In the video, he is seen picking the black cat up into his arms. In a swift movement, he forcefully hurdles the cat into the air over a fence and watches the helpless animal slam into the brick wall of the home next door. The man then laughs. During his “apology” explanation, Conroy states:

“It was a case of me letting my anger take over, rather than using my brain. I tried getting it our of our yard and onto the roof, but missed the distance.”

The video had been recorded by one of his friends, and Conroy denied laughing at the throwing the cat – rather at his friends recording him.

The cat allegedly returned ten minutes later unharmed. Conroy said he felt sorry for the pet and fed her and gave her water, although readily admitting he doesn’t like cats.

Spokesperson for the SPCA Queensland, Michael Beatty would not confirm Conroy’s identity as the culprit, but added animal cruelty charges are soon to be levied. Meanwhile the cat is under the care of the RSPCA.

If found guilty, Conroy could face a maximum penalty of three years’ imprisonment or a $220,000 fine. Mr Conroy said a fine would be “well deserved”.

(Supplied photos of cat thrower via Facebook)

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Queensland ‘Cat thrower’ in viral video located: Arrest expected

In a disturbing video of a “cat thrower”, captured by a Snapchat user, a cat was deliberately thrown into a wall after a man hurled the defenseless animal over a fence in Queensland, Australia on Thursday. The RSPCA Queensland believes they have located the man responsible for the heinous deed.

The cat is shown hitting the brick wall of a neighbor’s house and then disappears out of the view of the video. Young men could be heard laughing. The man in the video wore a blue and yellow work shirt and appeared to be white with short dark hair.

According to FromPress, after the video went viral, the public became so outraged, RSPCA appealed for help tracking the culprit down. On Friday, a Queensland spokesperson, Michael Beatty stated the man had been found and thanked social media participants for their help.

“We are finalizing the investigation and charges are expected to be laid next week,” he said. “The reason that we were able to find him was obviously the fact that it had been posted on social media.”

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in animal cruelty cases – so many are being posted on social media. In Queensland, animal cruelty charges carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison or a $220,000 fine.

There have not been any updates on the cat.

(Photos of ‘cat thrower’ provided via RSPCA and Snapchat)

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Owner reunited with his tabby cat 14 years later

In Fort Pierce, Florida, the owner of an orange tabby cat was reunited with the pet he lost 14 years ago.  Perry Martin, a retired K9 officer thought his cat named Thomas Jr. – better known as T2, had died during Hurricane Jeanne in 2004.

According to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, an embedded microchip brought the family back together. Martin had adopted the cat in 2002, and when his cat went missing, Martin filed a missing pet report with the Humane Society hoping someone would find him – if only by a miracle. Weeks, months and years passed, and Martin never heard a word. T2 must have died.

It had been two weeks earlier when T2 arrived at the shelter. When he had wandered into a family’s yard,  he was lame, emaciated and full of fleas. The family had been taking care of the stray, giving him food and even giving him a bath. They named him Ginger. It’s when they took Ginger to the veterinarian to be examined, did they find he had a microchip. And that’s when they found out he was nearly 18-years-old.

TCPalm reports the microchip listed three different phone numbers, and it was the third number that made the treasured connection. Meanwhile the retired Fort Pierce Police officer has been in awe of the attention the pair has received.

“I’m so happy our story’s out there, especially the information about microchips because it’s so important,” Martin stated. “I am tickled to death he’s home. He’s not in great shape, but neither am I.”

And now the family dog, Sassy, a golden retriever and T2 are getting better acquainted.  Many thanks to Lisa Wadsworth and her amazing children, Lauren, 13, and Quin, 11, who even offered their mom the money to pay for the vet to make sure T2 could get all the medical help he needed. There are so many unsung heroes – these are three very important people.

(Contributed photos Doreen Poreba)

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Jackson Heights woman guilty of 108 counts of animal cruelty and neglect

A Jackson Heights woman has been convicted of 108 counts of animal cruelty and neglect for failing to provide adequate care for 41 dogs and 67 cats she hoarded. The home of Elizabeth Grant was covered in “excessive amounts of feces and fur.” The odor emanated throughout the home, and the “stench of urine was overpowering” reported the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

 

Grant was found guilty following a six-day trial for animal cruelty and failure to provide proper food and drinks to impounded animals.

According to the New York Daily News, a police officer arrived at Elizabeth Grant’s home on January 6, 2016, to check on the woman’s mother who had been the victim of a crime. No one answered the door that day, but the officer could see pets inside of the home which appeared to be filthy. Less than two weeks later, the officer returned with representatives from the ASPCA and found an excessive amount of feces and fur. The cats and dogs living in the home had patches of fur missing, crusted eyes and one cat was not able to walk.

That day, the ASPCA rescued 55 cats, 12 dogs and two turtles. The animals showed serious symptoms of neglect; 12 animals had to be humanely euthanized. More than 50 of the animals have since been placed in new homes.

Grant contends she rescued the animals and had planned to move out of the city and into a larger home despite the cruelty charges against her.

“The truth is, I never hurt the animals, they have no proof,” she has stated in her own defense.

Grant will be sentenced on April 29 and faces up to two years in prison and a life-time ban against owning any pets.

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