‘Our baby girl got her wings’ after man set cat on fire

In a heartbreaking announcement on the Facebook page of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County in Montgomery County, Indiana, on Sunday evening came the sad news of Phoenix, the rescued cat on fire last week:

Animal Welfare League Of Montgomery County Indiana  It is with a heavy heart and alot of tears I tell you our baby girl got her wings . Fly high Phoenix.”noah-riley

The cat dubbed Phoenix was discovered last week in Crawsfordsville cow-tied with a rope, drenched in gasoline, set on fire and with a firecracker lying on top of her which had not ignited. The sweet female cat had been showing signs of recovering, but her condition quickly took a turn for the worse; even as early as Sunday morning, the updates  still looked optimistic. By the evening however, another post indicated Phoenix had been experiencing breathing problems, and veterinarians feared she had a build up of fluid in her lungs indicating a secondary infection. Less than an hour later, Phoenix died.

The cat on fire was rescued on Wednesday after a retired fireman saw a flame shoot out near the community airport. Phoenix was found in critical condition lying in a mud puddle which authorities stated initially saved her life keeping her skin and fur from burning. The next day the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office arrested Noah Riley, 19, after he stated he had been following the media posts about the cat and wanted to “get the issue resolved.”

Riley faces two counts of animal cruelty. Read the previous story here.

Rest in peace Phoenix. We will all help you find justice.

Photo of cat on fire Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County.

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Pure magic when homeless kitty meets his soul mate with rare disorder

For nearly two years, Lou, a homeless kitty, waited patiently at the Lorca Animal Rescue group in Lorca, Spain, hoping for a second chance. Everyone seemed to love Lou when they met him; the cat loved to cuddle and surely he was handsome enough to attract would be adopters. Sadly, no one seemed to want Lou.Lou the cat meets girl 3

Recently, however all of that changed, and it makes us wonder if “fate” intervened and inexplicably knew Lou’s future happiness was soon to be realized and in so happening would change the life of a youngster. According to the organization’s Facebook page, Isa arrived at the rescue searching for a pet for her 14-year-old daughter, Laura, who suffers from a rare hereditary disorder restricting her neurological and physical development. Isa wanted her daughter to have a therapy companion – someone to love and shower her child with attention. Yes, you already guessed – Lou, the homeless kitty, was the one!

From the moment Lou met Laura, he was smitten. He hugged the child with his paws, rubbed into her arms in only a way a cat can, and snuggled into the softness of  Laura’s neck. In the next moment, Laura smiled and giggled with delight.

 “We didn’t understand why Lou couldn’t find a family, being such a docile and affectionate cat,” Lorca Animal Rescue  wrote on their Facebook page. “Now we understand everything. He was waiting for little Laura; that is the name of this wonderful angel, and her mom Isa. … as they say a picture is worth a thousand words. I ask you to all who follow us aquell@s to share these beautiful images and we can break false myths.
As an adult animal is not adopted or that can’t be affectionate or that children and animals cannot live together, between all we are sure that we will gradually change some minds.” (translation edited to be easier to read)Lou the cat

Many years of love and happiness Lou and Laura. We are excited you have found each other with the help of Isa. Be the voice for those who cannot speak.

(Photos of homeless kitty courtesy of Lorca Animal Rescue)

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Heartless thug caught on video kicking a cat 6 feet through the air

A heartless thug was caught on video kicking a cat, minding her own business, six feet through the air  in front of a home at Guinness Trust flats, on Sidney Street, Derby. The two men then casually strolled away as if they had just kicked a coffee cup away as trash. The nasty man, wearing a fluorescent orange jacket, was seen on the family’s closed circuit television camera walking up to their family pet before kicking her in the face. The incident occurred on the afternoon of January 12.Millie the cat cover

According to the MetroUK, the force of the kick sent the cat named Millie flying into a backward flip into the air and hurled six feet landing on a grassy area. Millie suffered a broken jaw after the unprovoked attack. The cat’s owner called the RSPCA after Millie returned home with her serious injuries.

RSPCA Inspector Sarah Burrows viewed the video and released the following statement:Millie the cat cover 2

“The video clearly shows two men walking towards Millie and then one man kicking a cat very hard, resulting in her being thrown a few feet across the ground, before walking away. It is an unprovoked attack which has sadly left Millie with a suspected broken jaw. Inflicting such a horrific attack on a defenseless cat is sickening, and it’s important we track down the people responsible.”

Authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the culprits responsible for the heinous act.

“We are appealing for information and are keen to hear from anyone who recognizes the person responsible for this. Anyone with information should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018. If prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, a person could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000.”Millie the cat

(Photos of thugs kicking a cat courtesy of RSPCA screenshots)





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Man arrested for pouring gasoline on cat and setting her on fire

In Montgomery County, Indiana, a 19-year-old surrendered to authorities on Thursday after admitting to pouring gasoline on a cat and setting her on fire. Police arrested Noah Riley on charges of animal cruelty.noah-riley-cat

The cat was discovered on Wednesday evening after having been hogtied tied by a rope near the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport after retired retired firefighter, Steve Wright noticed a flame shoot up from the field and quickly went to the area to investigate. Wright and neighbor Ethan York found the female cat drenched in gasoline. A firecracker laid on top of the bound cat; it had not exploded.

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County are caring for the cat. On the organization’s Facebook page, Misha Anderson, the director of the AWL put out an initial plea on Thursday morning to help find the culprit responsible for such a heinous act:

“Reaching out for the community’s help . Last night this girl was tied up with rope covered in gas and set of fire. She is fighting for her life as we speak. Here’s how you can help. There were witnesses to this horrible act . We are looking for someone that drives a smaller suv type vehicle silver in color but has front end fenders that are very dark may be black . We also will be starting to raise funds to cover her icu stay.”

According to Fox59News, Riley told police he had seen several media posts concerning the cat and wanted to “get the issue resolved.” A juvenile was also arrested in the case of pouring gasoline on the cat. Riley has been charged with one count of animal cruelty, a Level 6 Felony, and one count of animal cruelty, a Class A Misdemeanor.

As for the sweet cat, it is believed she survived because  landed in a mud puddle which seemed to have slowed down the fire or at the very least dampened her fur.

“Her ears are shriveled. Her fur is gone down to the skin…Your words, thoughts and prayers have helped energize our exhausted staff in this incredibly difficult time. She is a fighter and we will keep fighting for her,” the group posted on Facebook.

A neighbor has already offered to adopt the cat. To help with her medical expenses, please click here.

(Photo of suspect admitting to pouring gasoline on cat courtesy of AWL MC and booking photo)

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Outrage over teen’s photo showing dead dog posed next to rifle

In Sheridan, Arkansas, animal advocates continue to express their outrage after a photo and video were posted onto social media showing a teen kneeling in the bed of a pickup truck with a rifle and a dead dog strangled by the neck.  The photo originally posted on SnapChat was later posted to Facebook with the following caption:

“You’ve been a very bad dog.”

And if that photo of a  dead, small white fluffy dog wasn’t upsetting enough, there was more. Another short video showed a different teen throwing a cat by the tail into a fan about seven feet away. In the video, the screaming and terrified cat runs away after landing on the unforgiving concrete floor. No one knows if the cat died or if he needed veterinary attention.  According to KhTv11, Grant County Sheriff Ray Vance states an investigation is going on, but was unable to comment on the situation at this time. Investigators say they will turn the evidence over to the prosecutor’s office, who will make the final determination. Both suspects are listed as minors.

The post showing the cat being tortured made its way to the desk of Shelter Cat Rescue founder, Carolyn Criner Shuff. A report has been filed with authorities. Facebook posts claim the photo of the dead dog had been taken during the summer and not posted to social media sites until November, and that the dog was already dead. Nevertheless, the two incidents remain under investigation. Follow up on this developing story will continue as information is made available.
(Photo of outrage over teens’ photo via Facebook and KhTv11 edit)
Following is the video as the teen tortures the cat. Be warned that this video is very disturbing:

Cats at animal shelter in New York contract bird flu

Dozens of cats at an animal shelter in New York have contracted bird flu. According to the New York Daily News, it is a rare strain of the bird flu, identified as H7N2, which has sickened over 45 cats at the Manhattan Animal Care Center.

The bird flu is most commonly seen in chickens…not cats. And now, there is some concern that the virus could infect humans as well. First Deputy Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot told the Daily News, “Although this strain of the avian flu has only resulted in mild to moderate illness in some cats located in one shelter, we have begun to test staff and people in close contact with the cats out of an abundance of caution. We will continue to actively monitor all people involved and adapt our response accordingly.”

Cats who contract the virus may show symptoms such as runny nose, fever and cough – felines who exhibit these symptoms should see a veterinarian, and be kept separate from other animals. According to NBC New York, this particular strain is considered to be relatively mild – though one cat at the shelter did die after contracting the flu.

Did you adopt a cat from the Manhattan animal shelter in the past month? Please call the Health Department at 866-692-3641 for more information about this virus.


City councilman voted out, but library cat he tried to oust stays

In White Settlement, Texas, the library cat gets to stay and stretch his paws whenever he wants at the White Settlement Public Library where he has lived for more than six years. And as if “karma” can really deliver a kitty punch, who is to say when City Councilman Elzie Clements wanted the friendly, gray and white kitty named Browser gone, the politician was defeated from office in a landslide victory in November.library-cat

According to CbsNews, back in June, the council voted 2-1 to give Browser 30 days to vacate; Clements had been outspoken as to the cat getting evicted. Brought in as a rescue kitten to live in the library and squash the rodent problem, Browser was the perfect fit. Although the library had previously been using an exterminator, personnel didn’t want the poisons on the books nor did they want young children who  put their fingers in the eyes and their mouths, to handle the books if they contained any poison residue.

And all was well for years, until an angry city employee went on a hate campaign against Browser when her puppy was not allowed to accompany her to work inside of city hall. That’s when the fur began to fly. Mayor Ron White defended Browser, accusing city council members of hating cats. The mayor was so adamant about Browser remaining in his home, he threatened to take the issue to voters if the council didn’t reconsider. Browser even signed up for his own Facebook page asking the world to help him keep his home.

When social media picked up the plight of the adorable kitty, needless to say at an emergency meeting where Browser was the only item on the agenda, council members voted unanimously to reverse their earlier decision. Repercussions could be heard from Maine to Missouri and even overseas as far away as Germany and Malaysia.

Elzie Clements, Browser’s biggest foe, stated he had a few complaints about Browser from people who were surprised a cat was living at the library. Browser’s job title now reads “Library Cat for Life.” Mayor Ron White is satisfied with his furry employee, and says he has received messages about the cat from around the world with many people offering to adopt him. It would seem however that Browser is happy with his job.

Ah, the world of politics…

(Photos of library cat courtesy of White Settlement Public Library)

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Elderly owner died leaving neglected cat with dreadlocks

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a cat was brought to the Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center on Thursday after her owner recently passed away. The cat suffered from severe matting; the staff described the years of neglect to the cat’s coat as “dreadlocks.” It took hours for the medical team to shave pounds of fur intertwined over the cat’s body. Imagine how much better she must have felt after having been clipped and bathed? On the Facebook page of the organization, advocates encourage relatives and friends of the elderly to check on them often, but also encourages everyone to check on their pets in order to prevent similar neglect situations such as this cat suffered.cat-with-dreadlocks-2

It is worth repeating, however that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention credits pets with helping to decrease blood pressure, keeps seniors from feeling isolated and lonely while helping to increase opportunities to socialize and exercise. The need for companionship can increase with age, and what better audience to listen than a loyal pal – whether it be a dog or a cat?

What must be remembered however is that pet ownership does come at a cost. Pets need regular medical care, food and regular exercise. When an elderly owner finds it difficult to walk their dog or care for their cat, perhaps help from a pet sitter on a regular basis could have beneficial effects.  The pet owner, as well as the pet, have someone checking on them to make sure both are doing well. The last thing anyone wants to do is to take away someone’s beloved pet; animals enrich our lives at any age.  And if it comes time to remove the pet from the home, what could be more reassuring to an elderly owner incapable of caring for their pet any longer is knowing their beloved companion has been placed in a loving home and will get the best of care and lots of love?cat-with-dreadlocks-3

As for this cat, she will be heading to a distant relative of the previous owner and will be given another chance at a healthy and a happy life.

(Photos of cat with dreadlocks courtesy of Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center)

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Cat frozen in ice saved from beneath a train

A cat, frozen in ice and snow, was recently saved from beneath a train by a conductor in Canada. According to CBC News,  conductor Brad Slater, a Canadian National Railway employee, heard pitiful cries early Sunday morning, and when he went to investigate, he found the tabby frozen in the ice and snow beneath the train.

The cold cat was plucked out of the bitter cold and wrapped into a t-shirt. With the help of train engineer William Munsey, the chilled feline was able to warm up inside of the train – safely out of the frigid weather outdoors. Munsey told CBC News how the cat quickly settled in for the journey, and how he seemed to know which man had saved him, “Within five hours it was curled up on his lap … he was pushing his face against Brad’s arm. It was almost as if it knew how close it had been to dying and knew exactly which human had saved it.”

Frozen cat found beneath train

Slater dubbed the rescued cat Q199 (for the train’s number) and welcomed him into his home, but the cat may not be staying. A couple, who believes that Q199 may actually be their cat, “Tiger,” has come forward after seeing the media coverage of the heartwarming feline rescue. The couple, Brent Hahn and his wife Lynn Hahn, have retired from jobs with the Canadian National Railway and they told Slater that they adopted Tiger back in 2012.

The couple plans to meet up with Slater to determine if “Q” is actually their missing cat.

(Photos screenshots via CBC News)

Police investigating viral video of caged cat doused with boiling liquid

In Moss Point, Mississippi, the Moss Point police are investigating an alleged animal cruelty case involving a caged cat in a video where it appears a woman pours hot liquid on the animal. The caged cat doused with an unidentified boiling liquid can be seen writhing in agony.

According to the Sun Herald, the video has garnered more than 22,000 views and has been shared over 500 times after it was posted on Snapchat Saturday afternoon and then placed on Facebook. People throughout the country have expressed their outrage. In the video, the cat is trapped in a small cage in what appears to be a carport. A man and a woman are seen in the video as the woman empties a pot of scalding water on the cat several times.

The sight of the cat reacting to the unbearable pain is heartbreaking and beyond words. On Tuesday, police officers were able to find the cat and “persons of interest.” The cat was found near an intersection in the area, and although she was not crying, her injuries appeared severe.  Officials do not know if the cat is someone’s pet or if she is feral. She is reported to be barely clinging to life. One report on Facebook states the cat died on Tuesday night, however another witness contends the cat involved in the egregious cruelty has been hiding under the house and has not been captured.

In a Facebook conversation with the woman believed to have made the original Snapchat video, readers tried to find out what happened to even prompt such a heinous deed. The woman replied, “the cat is alive n ok. I let the damn cat go..”

(Photo and video of caged cat doused via Jourden Tigpen Facebook)

Caution: The video is very disturbing and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences.