The London Humane Society is seeking the person responsible for shooting a cat, which has since had to have her leg amputated.
Jade the cat (pictured) was recently adopted from London Animal Care and unfortunately got out of her new home late last week in the Westmount area and returned the same day with a limp.
“The owner noticed that the cat was limping a bit, thought that maybe it had just run into something, wasn’t too concerned immediately,” London Humane Society Executive Director Judy Foster tells AM980.
“The next morning though, [the owner] realized the limp was something, thought that it was coming from something more serious. Took it to the veterinarian, the veterinarian immediately decided that x-rays were needed and that’s when they discovered that the cat had been shot and there was a foreign object in the leg. Whether that’s a pellet or a bullet, we have to make that determination.”
By Friday, a second veterinarian conducted a further examination and it was determined that the leg needed to be amputated. The surgery took place on Monday.
“The cat is doing pretty well. We’ve had cats go through amputations here as well, cats do recover fairly well from amputations. Of course the new pet owner is grateful for that but of course this is not an outcome that anyone would desire and of course there’s a financial burden that goes along with having an amputation as well for the pet owner.”
Foster adds that this is another disappointing incident in an alarming rash of animal abuse cases.
“We had the rabbit that was brought in that had been beheaded and left to be found, we had the reptiles that we believe died as a result of abuse and neglect, and we had this situation. And this isn’t the first shooting of a domestic animal that we’ve had in the London-Middlesex area in the last twelve months.”
Anyone with information about who’s responsible for this incident is asked to contact the London Humane Society or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.