Vets shocked by mutilation of cat
Clinic hits out after pet has ears cut off
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