Happy ‘Valentino’ Day: Neglected cat wanted to be held and loved

Today, on February 14, rescue organization, Leave No Paws Behind announced Happy ‘Valentino’ Day. If for a moment, you thought this was a misspelling, be assured that was not the case at all:Happy Valentino Day

“Happy ‘Valentino’ Day. He is so enjoying his morning meal and is doing great,” announced Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind on the group’s Facebook page.  The Doc was telling me when she walks into his room she greets him with  ‘Hi Buddy, how you feeling today.’AND he gets right up, purrs, meows and waits patiently for his treatments and food.”

Last Saturday afternoon life was a lot different for this neglected and seemingly unwanted cat. Animal activist and talented photographer John Hwang, captured a heartbreaking moment in time for this boy in desperate need at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California. So moved by the helpless cat’s plight, John asked for help on his Facebook page:Happy Valentino Day 2

“… He barely lacked the strength to meow. Parts of his fur were hard, caked with mud and feces. His eyes were shut with mucus and other fluids. His past story is not known, but his very difficult life was evident. He placed his head on Elaine’s shoulder. His paw resting on her arm. A staff worker wrote on her kennel card ‘nice cat.’ That despite everything he has endured he longs most to love…and be loved,” John wrote.

Animal advocate, Elaine Seaman’s didn’t care that the cat with the caked and swollen eyes suffered from a highly contagious mange infection. From the moment she picked him up, with his tiny paw reaching out, she knew he was special. And now just four days later, Valentino, grateful for the kind rescuers he was lucky enough to encounter on a day which may have been his last, a new life begins.

Valentino will need a foster home once he is released from the vet. Please email info@leavenopawsbehind.com if interested. To help Leave No Paws Behind, please click here.

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She couldn’t refuse: Rescuer heard a cat cry for help over the phone

On Saturday afternoon, animal activist and talented photographer John Hwang, captured a heartbreaking moment in time of a cat in desperate need at the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in California. So moved by the helpless cat’s plight, John asked for help on his Facebook page:Valentine the cat 2

“… She barely lacked the strength to meow. Parts of her fur were hard, caked with mud and feces. Her eyes were shut with mucus and other fluids. Her past story is not known, but her very difficult life was evident. She placed her head on Elaine’s shoulder. Her paw resting on her arm. A staff worker wrote on her kennel card ‘nice cat.’ That despite everything she has endured she longs most to love…and be loved,” John wrote.

Immediately, advocates began to share the cat’s plight, and so it came to be that Toby Wisneski, founder of Leave No Paws Behind, was called to help. The organization provides hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the terminally ill and the hard core cases; at the time of rescue all animals are immediately transferred to their partner veterinarian.Valentine the cat 2a

“This is heartbreaking. We are going to name him Valentino,” stated Toby. “I just received an SOS from Elaine Seamans asking if we could help this sweet old soul. ( He is being passed by more then likely because he is testing positive for eggs and mites. I heard his little cries for help over the phone and my decision was made!..”

Within an hour, Valentino was safe and had already arrived at the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks. His eyes are so badly infected he can’t open them, and his head feels like a helmet because he is so crusty from dirt, dried up feces and urine, yet he is described as sweet and grateful. Already Valentino knows he has been saved. He will need a foster care in the Los Angeles area. Please email info@leavenopawsbehind.com if you can help.

Updates on Valentino’s condition will follow.

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Russian body artist under fire for tattooing his Sphynx cat

A Russian artist is under fire from animal advocates for tattooing his pet hairless Sphynx cat. The cat was sedated with heavy anesthetics before the artist, identified as Aleksandr, inked four tattoos onto the cat’s body at his studio located in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast region.Demon the cat 2

According to the Sun, the cat named Demon, now carries a series of four “gangster” designs on his back and sides worn commonly by Russian criminals. On the cat’s side can be seen a prison tower, a deck of cards, a young woman and a cigarette. Aleksandr admitted he might not have been acting in the best interests for his cat, after having to administer anesthetics so Demon could withstand the needle punctures on his delicate skin.

“Of course I feel pity for doing it to him. It’s not like he wanted to do it himself. He has a different skin, so tattoos are applied differently. I hope it is not too bad for him,” Aleksandr stated. “It is not his first tattoo. Usually he feels fine and recovers from the anesthesia pretty fast.”

As for the significance of the inks, they are known to indicate seniority as part of criminal gangs, the seriousness of their crimes and the length of time they have been in prison. Animal activists have condemned Aleksandr for doing this to Demon; calling it out as animal cruelty. One of the artist’s friends, however stated it is no different than a farmer branding his livestock. This writer frankly doesn’t agree.  Go tattoo yourself and leave the cat alone. And while Sphynx cats are known for their lack of a coat, they are not completely hairless.

Photos of Sphynx cat screenshot via Cen/Liferu)

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Neighbor shot the cat ‘because it looked at him like he owned the place’

An Ormond Beach, Florida man may face animal cruelty charges after shooting and paralyzing a neighbor’s cat “because it looked at him like he owned the place.” The man claimed he shot the cat because it was defecating in his yard, and he simply wanted the animal out of there.

According to Click Orlando, the cat belonged to Hung Nguyen, 60, who lives at the Pinewood Trailer Park. Other residents there are now mourning the death of the cat saying it was the “most saddest thing to see a little animal, literally tears running down its face.” Neighbor Heidi Hatheway pulled the mortally injured cat out from underneath the trailer; the cat was later euthanized.

Still unidentified by authorities to media, the 69-year-old man admitted he shot the cat, but it was a poor judgment call, even though he said “it looked at him like he owned the place” before relieving himself on his property. “….All I wanted to do was get it out in front of my walkway, stop pooping. For the flies and the smell is just horrendous,” he stated. The man stated he had no idea the cat belonged to someone and admitted to shooting at cats in the past, but had always missed. The elderly man has several health issues and is afraid if he gets arrested, his disability benefits will stop, and he will become homeless.  Neighbors, however question if the man is such a poor shot, could it be a resident who is killed next?

An investigation is underway, and it will be the decision of the state attorney general as to whether there is sufficient evidence to charge the man with felony animal cruelty.

Rest in peace little kitty. We are sorry humans failed you. (Photo of neighbor who shot the cat because it looked at him screenshot Click Orlando)

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Heartless culprit pours boiling hot water on 2 neighborhood cats

An unknown heartless culprit has poured boiling hot water on two neighborhood cats in Poole, England. Authorities believe one person is responsible for dousing both cats over their heads and backs with the burning liquid which seriously scarred both animals; almost killing one of them.Boiling water cats2

According to the Daily Mail, it is believed the same person attacked the cats since both pets lived just doors apart from each other. Police speculate a disgruntled neighbor may have been angry at the cats entering into their yard and then poured the liquid from a kettle or a pot. The first attack happened to a tortoiseshell cat named Lavender in October 2016. When her owner, Sarah Cutler returned home, the cat was in such pain from her injuries, she could barely crawl.

“Her injuries were so horrible and we took her to the vets straight away. She received treatment, but the fur and skin from her back kept coming off for the next week. It took them quite a while to actually conclude she had been scolded by boiling water,” Sarah stated.

Lavender is no longer permitted to go outside. Her injuries are permanent, and the cat seems to have lost her zest for the normal kitty curiosity. Sarah added:

“She’s still getting infections, has lost the top of her ears and will never regrow the fur on her back. We can no longer let her outside because of the injuries and she wouldn’t dare to anyway, she’s too scared. She’s become very subdued since the attack, which has been life-changing for her.”

The second incident occurred earlier this month, and that cat involved nearly died from her injuries. Whether the person responsible for the attack was angry about a special garden the cats may have messed up or birds the cats may have attacked, there is no excuse for such egregious cruelty. Neighbors with cats are in a panic over the safety of their pets. The best advice would be to keep all cats safely indoors.

The RSPCA is asking for the public’s help. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities. No one has the right to make any animal suffer.

(Photos of heartless culprit dousing cats with hot water via screenshots via the Daily Mail.)

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Public’s help wanted identifying cruel cat dragger

Authorities in Los Angeles are asking the public for help identifying the woman caught on camera cruelly dragging a cat on a leash. A witness took photos of the woman cat “dragger” last Friday on Van Nuys Boulevard and Sherman in Van Nuys. The cat was dragged at least four blocks.

According to KtlaNews, one witness identified as Shifrah, stopped her car and demanded the woman leave the cat alone and stop dragging him:

I was disgusted and I was horrified,” said Shifrah. “The cord is around his neck, and she’s just pulling him. You know he was trying to get away from her.”

Shifrah then called 911 and continued to follow the woman. The situation soon became more disturbing as another witness got out of her car, also telling the cat dragger to release the animal.

“Another lady got out of her car and she walked up to this woman abusing this cat on a leash and she’s telling her to leave the cat alone,” stated Shifrah. “She ripped the blonde wig off the abuser’s hair. So now they’re kind of arguing; you’re seeing fists flying a little bit. The cat is either dropped or thrown to the ground. The mean lady is saying ‘give me my wig, give me my wig,’ and then she tasered the nice lady. I see flashes of light and she’s tasering the lady, and then that’s when the fight kind of ended.”

The suspect ran away leaving the cat. A good Samaritan brought the injured cat to the East Valley Animal Shelter where she has been dubbed Mischief and is currently receiving treatment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Los Angeles Department of Animal Services at 888-452-7381. Help Mischief find justice. Please share this story; someone knows this woman’s identity.

(Photo of cat dragger from LA Dept of Animal Services)

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‘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.

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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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http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/13/men-caught-on-camera-violently-kicking-cat-in-the-face-and-breaking-its-jaw-6380454/

 

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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