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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Vet cut off feral cat's ear! No explanation

I am totally distressed, angry and honestly stunned. I took the four-year-old Tom that I had been trying to trap for three years to a shelter. The shelter took him to a vet in Whitehouse Station NJ after we decided he would not be TNR. I had found a home for him - a woman who was going to socialize him (he's semi-feral and responds to his name Henry) and get him adopted. The shelter sent Henry and his eight-month-old some who I had also trapped to the vet in Whitehouse Station on Friday for neutering, shots, etc.
Went to pick up both cats today. Son went into the car. The shelter worked screamed as she put Henry into the car, "His eat is missing, what happened to his ear"?
He was rushed back inside where the vet tech examined him. No one had any explanation why 3/4 of his ear had been cut off. The vet had not told them. They vet was specifically told NOT TO do ear tipping. The cat is healthy and had no signs of frost-bite etc. The shelter was so astounded that they took PICTURES of Henry.
I am in shock. This is cruelty. Why and how did they cut most of his ear off. The kind woman took him as the poor creature stared out of the carrier at the two of us.
What should I do? The shelter advised me to call the VET - they will too.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 08:15 PM
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That is crazy excessive for a cropped ear as well regardless.

Whats done is done, so I'd just wait and hear their side of the story, but I definitely wouldn't drop the issue either.
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They were told NOT to tip or crop the ear. They mutilated the ear. I will not drop it.
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Poor little guy.

Hopefully this won't make a bit of difference to the wonderful woman who wants to adopt him.

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The woman is the intermediary. She took him nonetheless. I am so so grateful. She will socialize him further and then try to place him. Poor Henry.

I wonder what explanation the vet will give me in the AM
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I think it will add to his character and make him even more endearing.

Unless there was something wrong with Henry's ear that wasn't visible to most people, this vet needs 3/4 of something cut off.......

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About half the ferals (8 or so) that came to live in my managed colony were tipped. Some vets do a terrible, excessive job. They basically mutilate the cat's ear. If I'm the one trapping and transporting the cat to the clinic, I specify No Notching. I make sure they write it down on the form.
I sympathize, I have felt the same outrage.
Why disfigure a beautiful animal?
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Does anyone know how I report an abusive vet?
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The local shelter can probably help you file a report with the Veterinary Board for your State. If you don't like what they say, get the local news involved.

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Was this vet doing a volunteer shift of TNRs? Not that it would excuse it, but I know here when they do that, they just have them lined up and the staff and volunteers work for 12-14 hours to get them all done.

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