Up­set owner thought old cat had gone away to die

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

Fol­low­ing last week’s ar­ti­cle about an 18-yearold cat which had to be eu­thanased due to its hor­rific con­di­tion, South Waikato SPCA has found the owner.

‘‘It could be a case for pros­e­cu­tion. I don’t think she (owner) re­alises that she could have an an­i­mal cru­elty charge against her,’’ shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchinson said.

She also said the owner had looked for the cat and was up­set to read about it in the South Waikato News last week.

‘‘They wanted it to die nat­u­rally but they were pro­long­ing its suf­fer­ing . . . They couldn’t find it. When it dis­ap­peared they thought it went away to die.’’

Mrs Hutchinson said the cat had long toe nails; an in­di­ca­tion it did not go out­side.

Sub­se­quent dis­cus­sions will de­ter­mine pos­si­ble ac­tion.

‘‘I have to go to the com­mit­tee (South Waikato SPCA) and they will see what to take for­ward, and I will take it to the po­lice,’’ she said.

The cat weighed less than one kilo was blind in both eyes with an ul­cer in one, barely able to walk and had only six teeth.

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