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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Terribly sad story, a bit graphic...

I was at work today and for the first time since I've been there I almost cried and had to leave the room for a few minutes.

This crate with a cat in it came into the back area, and as one of the techs pulled the cat out, I was shocked to see that it was missing most of the front of its face. It was red and puffy and licking at the open area that would have been its nose and upper lip. I couldn't figure out what had happened to the poor thing... but I assumed it had gotten in a horrible fight with a dog or something and couldn't fend it off.

After they were done with putting it to sleep, I had to ask what had happened. There was no attack, it was no accident. The cat had cancer that had destroyed most of the tissue in the face. It had been diagnosed a couple of years ago. FINALLY, when the owner couldn't take looking at the poor thing anymore, he brought it in to end its suffering. I was outraged, as was most of the staff.

They had considered taking pictures as this was a borderline cruelty case, simply because the animal was clearly suffering and had been doing so for a long time. I still feel sick thinking about it.

How can people do things like this??


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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 03:14 PM
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I will never allow one of my babies to suffer. With each one I have had to put down I have always seemed to know when it was time.

The only time I didn't do this was with Tiddles (cat tails) And I just knew he wasn't ready to give up.
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Obviously I dont know if it was lazyness, money or what.
But some people just cant bear to loose thier animal, maybe in this persons head they didnt see the pain etc etc

At least the poor baby is at rest now.
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Oh, that's just horrible. We had a rabbit that becane afflicted with fly strike, and I don't know if everyone knows what that is, but it's basically when a fly infests the tissue of an animal, usually around the tail. Literally overnight, the rabbits back end was raw and had maggots. Obviously, this had happened in a matter of just a few hours, so we couldn't really do anything, but put the poor babe out of his misery. Still, my dad says he was "traumatized" by the whole incident; I can't imagine anyone purposefully doing that to their pet.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 07:08 PM
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I would never let my cats suffer like that. If I see the slightest unusual thing they are off to the vet! Sure, I'm a student and don't have a lot of money for vet bills.....but I would NEVER want to see them suffer, it's just not fair. If I couldn't eat for a week just so I could afford their medicine, I would do it.
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Dear God! That poor baby! I don't understand it, but I hope that this will be an exception, and that you soon gain back your peace of mind. At least the poor thing is at rest. We can be grateful for that.


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i'm glad the cat's finally at peace now...
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About 5 years ago, when I still lived at home, there was a family who lived next to us who had a sweet kitty who happened to have a cancerous tumor growing on it's neck. It pained me to see the little fella as the tumor grew and grew. I asked my Mom why the neighbors didn't take the cat to have the tumor removed and she said that they didn't want to spend that kind of money on a cat. I was so angry!! Had I been older, I would have known to call someone about this cruelty. They just let the cat suffer until the tumor finally got so bad that they had him put to sleep. Topaz...that was his name. One green eye and one blue. Poor little guy.
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2004, 10:18 PM
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I wish that if people weren't going to help their cat - that they would have the decency to just put them to sleep. It's so mean to let them suffer so...
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-19-2004, 01:57 AM
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How horrible and selfish to let a cat suffer that much. Very sad...I could'nt imagine how I would feel if I were to witness something like this.
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