Vets shocked by mu­ti­la­tion of cat

Clinic hits out af­ter pet has ears cut off

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Shoshana Ke­dem @B_shosh

Staff at a ve­teri­nary clinic in Dubai have spo­ken of their anger af­ter a kit­ten was brought to them with its tail and ears cut off in what one de­scribed as the “worst case of abuse” she had seen.

The City Vet Clinic in Mirdif was brought the male kit­ten yes­ter­day af­ter a res­i­dent dis­cov­ered the an­i­mal cry­ing in the street about 3am.

Dr Kath­leen Leguin told 7DAYS: “Cut like that, mu­ti­lated in many parts, is one of the worst things I have ever seen.”

She was speak­ing on the same day that the First Na­tional Con­fer­ence for An­i­mal Wel­fare heard that the au­thor­i­ties in neigh­bour­ing Shar­jah are tak­ing in about 500 aban­doned or abused pets per year.

Leguin said: “At around 3am this morn­ing [the res­i­dent] heard the cat scream­ing in the street. So she went out to see what was hap­pen­ing and she just found the cat roam­ing in the street with the ears and the tail cut off.

“Look­ing at the wounds, it’s not a dog bite and it’s not been run over by a car be­cause those wounds are re­ally straight and very fresh too. It was cut by some­thing, a knife or scis­sors, I can­not say, but cut by some­one.”

Leguin said in her six years in Dubai she has seen some cases of an­i­mal abuse, in­clud­ing some pets that have been shot with pel­let guns, but never such a dis­turb­ing case as this.

She said: “You can only re­port an­i­mal abuse when you know who did it. We didn’t find any­one, there re­ally was no one around the kit­ten.”

Leguin added that she feels Dubai au­thor­i­ties treat an­i­mal abuse more se­ri­ously now than when she ar­rived.

But she said: “When you find an­i­mal cru­elty you can re­port it, but un­for­tu­nately some­times the po­lice don’t want to fol­low through be­cause there’s many other things to deal with.”

The kit­ten is cur­rently re­cov­er­ing in the vet’s Al Wasl branch and an ap­peal has been launched to find it a new home. Leguin said: “It will heal re­ally well, the only prob­lem is the pain it went through be­cause it wasn’t un­der se­da­tion.” On the clinic’s Face­book page, a post about the in­ci­dent at­tracted more than 100 com­ments, in­clud­ing many peo­ple of­fer­ing to adopt the kit­ten. Joumana Saoud wrote: “This is up­set­ting more than any­thing else I saw, I can­not be­lieve what th­ese crea­tures called hu­mans are do­ing to an­i­mals.” And Marta Uriel wrote: “Let us know how can we help.” Last month, the fine for abus­ing or tor­tur­ing an an­i­mal was in­creased from Dhs1,000 to Dhs5,000 un­der a wide-rang­ing new crim­i­nal law code, but of­fend­ers are not jailed.

SHOCK­ING: Th­ese pic­tures from the City Vet Clinic show the ex­tent of the cat’s in­juries

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