14 February 2011

Cat found abandoned, tied to shopping cart in storage locker

A male tabby cat around three or four years old was recently found tied to a shopping cart in an Oregon City Money Saver storage locker. As a result of being abandoned for weeks without food or water, the poor cat was severely malnourished. He also had many facial wounds, which appear to be from his attempts at escaping the rope that chained him to the cart.

NorthWest News says that when the cat was near death, he was heard “crying” by a manager who reported the situation to the Oregon Humane Society.

The suspect has not yet been found, but David Lytle, a spokesman for The Humane Society, states, "We're going to try to find them and if they confirm our worst suspicions we're going to cite them for first and second degree animal neglect.”

The feline is now under intensive medical care, but will not fully recover and gain back his normal weight for at least three weeks.

"He's not out of the woods,” Lytle says, “But he looks better than he did yesterday. In fact, he purred a little this morning. That's a good sign."

The suspect, when found, will face multiple animal neglect charges.

Julia is a student who has a passion for veganism, animal welfare, and religious studies.

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