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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail

Hu­mane So­ci­ety res­cues a cat who was thrown from a mov­ing ve­hi­cle, but it even­tu­ally suc­cumbed to its in­juries.

A small orange cat that ap­peared to have been thrown from a car win­dow and was turned over to the Drumheller and Area Hu­mane So­ci­ety, has died.

When the So­ci­ety re­ceived the an­i­mal ear­lier this week, it earnestly be­gan a fundrais­ing cam­paign to help pay for treat­ment for the cat’s in­juries.

The cat was found in­jured on the side of the road near Rock­y­ford. The man who found the cat brought it to the Drumheller Vet­eri­nary Clinic only to find the surgery for the cat was up­wards of $600.

The Hu­mane So­ci­ety was no­ti­fied and hu­mane so­ci­ety vol­un­teers, Me­gan Shearer and Meaghan Peters, raised ap­prox­i­mately $200 through a bot­tle drive . Shearer was also sell­ing home­made dog treats for the an­i­mal’s surgery.

As The Mail was con­duct­ing in­ter­views for this story, we were in­formed the cat had passed away dur­ing surgery.

“His leg was very dam­aged, and so the vet am­pu­tated it. His arm didn’t look like there was any hope for it but they wrapped it up in the mean­time and it wasn’t show­ing any signs of move­ment. The surgery went well on Satur­day, July 30,” says vol­un­teer Deb Busse.

The cat was re­ceiv­ing surgery again for his arm on Thurs­day, Au­gust 4.

“We put him on the table, and am­pu­tated his arm. He started to wake up so they took him to­wards the ken­nel room and he passed away. What I as­sume is that he had some in­ter­nal bleed­ing in his lung or heart that we didn’t know about and it caused the or­gan to stop,” says Dr. Lehmann of Val­ley Vet­eri­nary Clinic.

The vol­un­teers at the Hu­mane So­ci­ety are deeply sad­dened by the an­i­mal’s pass­ing.

“It just breaks my heart that peo­ple do these things. You can drop cats off at the Hu­mane So­ci­ety in­stead of try­ing to get rid of an an­i­mal in that kind of way,” says vol­un­teer Kelsey Travis.

The Hu­mane So­ci­ety accepts any kind of an­i­mal and cares for them. They are of­ten left with bills from in­jured an­i­mals that are sur­ren­dered. The so­ci­ety re­ports an in­crease in aban­doned an­i­mals in Drumheller.

“I don’t un­der­stand how any­one could do that to an an­i­mal. It seems kind of crazy. I don’t think any­one re­ally wants to give up their an­i­mal and they are ashamed to sur­ren­der them,” said Shearer. “Even them com­ing in and say­ing, ‘I don’t want this an­i­mal any­more,’ they feel ashamed to speak to some­one else about it. They think that we are go­ing to judge them in some kind of way. And it is not like that. We are re­ally car­ing and want the best thing for the an­i­mal. That is re­ally why we are all there. I re­ally hope peo­ple will re­al­ize that.”

sub­mit­ted

An orange and white cat was found drag­ging it­self across the road near Rock­y­ford. Its in­jures lead vet­eri­nar­i­ans to be­lieve it was thrown from a car win­dow. The cat passed away dur­ing surgery on Thurs­day, Au­gust 4.

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