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Dumped: 20-year-old cat surrendered to shelter

Buttons, a 20-year-old cat, was surrendered  by his owner on March 4, along with some other cats from the family.  Saving Sage Animal Rescue, a Miami, Florida rescue organization posted the sad news on their Facebook page asking for help:

“BUTTONS, A 20 YEAR OLD CAT DUMPED AT KILL SHELTER. Yes you read that correctly, this cat is 20 years old. He was dumped at the shelter with some of his siblings. Heartbreaking isn’t it?

Buttons is now safe, we pulled him early this am. He is currently at Pet Express Animal Hospital in Davie getting a thorough check up and a senior blood panel. Buttons will also be quarantined so that we know all is good before we send him off to a pre-approved potential adopter.”

Kathy Bieniek, vice president of the group, responded to the plea for help from the Miami shelter when she realized Buttons was not up for adoption because of his advanced age.  When she picked him up, the friendly cat enjoyed a back rub, and seemed to have voiced his appreciation with a few well-placed meows while on the way to the vet’s office. Buttons is being treated for tapeworms and has been receiving intravenous fluids. It wasn’t long, however before animal advocates and followers of the rescue group shared Buttons’ plight and an adoption offer arose.

According to People, Jennifer will be fostering the cat at her home in Jupiter, Florida:

“She saw this story and it touched her heart. She is a wonderful foster mommy; she has a special place in her heart for seniors. She just adopted a week or so ago a senior around 15 years old from an elderly person,” Bieniek stated. “I am hoping this senior lives out his life getting the love and attention he so much deserves and hasn’t gotten up until this point. Nobody should be disposed of like garbage.”

For more information about donating, volunteering, fostering or adopting, check out Saving Sage Animal Rescue Foundation via its website.

(Photos of 20-year-old cat surrendered via Facebook for Saving Sage Animal Rescue)

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Reward nears $50,000 for information about cruelty to Sage the cat

The Humane Society of Northern Utah crowd sourced nearly $50,000 as a reward for information  leading to the conviction of the person or people who tortured Sage, a family cat, in Clearfield last week. In an emotional gathering of people at Kiwanis Park last Sunday, more than a 100 people came out to pay their respects to the family of the six-year-old cat brutally tortured. But the gathering meant more, and according to KutvNews, residents in the area fear the person(s) involved might do this again:

“There’s just been a lot of people from day one who have been so awesome in sharing their support. And I think the community feels for our situation. They have a lot of animals in the community as well, and I think a lot of them are worried for their animals as well…” stated Ron Estes.

Sage, was found on March 8, badly beaten, with broken paws and ribs, eyes swollen shut and his whiskers cut.  The friendly gray and white tabby died the following day.

“They broke his ribs, his little toes, beat his face, glued his eyes shut, tried to glue his penis and anus shut, burned him with hot glue and put silicone on him,” said Debbie Barnes, president of the Humane Society of Northern Utah, in a news release. “This is the worst abuse case I have ever seen.”

The Humane Society of Northern Utah continues to accept donations on Sage’s behalf:

“Though many people feel the reward is “excessive” for an animal abuse case, there is a proven link between abusing an animal and domestic abuse, or worse. The individual(s) involved are in need of counseling, before the problem increases, potentially involving people.”

Read more about this heartbreaking story here.

Photo of Sage via Facebook.

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Couple accused of torturing landlord’s cat to rid it of ‘demons’

A couple in Las Vegas, Nevada, is accused of cruel torture and killing of their landlord’s cat, who they believed to be possessed by “demons.” According to Tuesday’s Live 5 News, 20-year-old Immanuel Church and 21-year-old Denise Eddines allegedly tortured two cats – one of the cats perished.

One cat, named “Spunky,” was reportedly tortured for an agonizing 40 minutes before he finally died. Spunky belonged to Nia Wulkan, who had been renting a room of her home to the pair. Wulkan was out of town, caring for an ailing family member, when the alleged crime took place.

The couple have claimed that they decided to kill the cat after he hissed and growled at them, reported KTNV News. After an internet search, the pair brewed up a deadly “potion” comprised of  hot sauce, bleach, Comet and other household items. When the toxic mixture failed to kill the cat, the pair resorted to kicking the feline and then used swords which were in the residence to finish the deadly job.

The other cat in the household was not safe from harm – the pair allegedly used the “potion” on Wulkan’s other cat, causing chemical burns, reported the Daily Mail. The violent situation has resulted in charges of willful and malicious torture, cruelty or unjustifiable injury, and the maiming or killing of an animal that belongs to someone else.

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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.

Read Valentino’s original story here.

Click here and check out Valentino’s short video. Be sure to share your thoughts.

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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‘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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