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Cat with badly broken leg abandoned in cage in Richmond Hill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Richmond Hill, ON (November 24, 2016) – The Humane Society of Durham Region and the Ontario SPCA are seeking information from the public to find the owner of two cats found abandoned in a carrying cage in Richmond Hill.

The two cats were discovered inside a beige carrier on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 along a trail by Bond Lake and were brought to the Humane Society of Durham Region. One of the cats, a long-haired brown and white tabby about a year old, was limping badly when he was removed from the carrier. X-rays revealed the cat was suffering from a broken knee and dislocated hip on his left hind leg, which was causing severe pain.

Due to the extent of the cat’s injuries, amputation of the leg was the only humane option. Dr. Larry Wilder of the Lawrence Park Animal Hospital in Toronto generously stepped up to perform the surgery, which was a success.  “Tiny Tim,” as he is now known, is currently recovering from his surgery.

The second cat, a male brown and white short-haired tabby also estimated to be about a year old, was not injured. Given the name “Ben,” he is doing well at the Humane Society of Durham Region.

“It’s the mission of the Humane Society of Durham Region to provide the urgent care and treatment needed by Tiny Tim and Ben,” says Karen Ormerod, Executive Director, Humane Society of Durham Region. “It’s rewarding to see both cats recovering and getting stronger every day.”

“It’s alarming that someone would abandon cats trapped in a crate, especially when one was in significant pain,” says Alison Green, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “If you find yourself in a position where you are no longer able to care for your animals, contact your local Ontario SPCA animal centre or humane society to discuss your options. You are obligated by law to provide for them.”

If you have any information that could assist in this investigation, or if you see an animal in distress, please call 310-SPCA immediately.

 

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Melissa Kosowan       

Ontario SPCA

mkosowan@ospca.on.ca

289-383-5968

 

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