SUPPORT POURS IN FOR ABUSED KITTEN
Community frustration at meagre penalties
A vet clinic that took in a cat found wandering the streets of Dubai after having its ears and tail cruelly severed has been inundated with offers of support.
City Vet Clinic in Mirdif told 7DAYS that kind members of the public have been offering to adopt the animal and pay for any treatment it needs.
More than Dhs1,100 was offered on Thursday alone.
The tortoise-shell cat, which has been named Bob by staff at the clinic, had his ears and the wound where his tail used to be stitched up.
Staff said he is recovering well, in spite of the ordeal.
Dr Kathleen Leguin said: “He’s really famous, many people came in today, brought him a lot of food, a lot of treats, a lot of toys.
“He’s just being so spoiled by everyone, including by us.”
Leguin said she has had callers rallying for action to be taken to improve animal rights amid what they called “gaps in the law”.
The fine for torturing or neglecting an animal was raised from Dhs1,000 to Dhs5,000 last month but many 7DAYS readers and commentators on the clinic’s Facebook page said that is too lenient.
Leguin said: “Some people would like to do a petition and to take it to the authorities to find a solution.
“We did call Dubai Municipality to ask what we can do and they were not really aware of what we can do.”
One Facebook user, Irmi Geissler, wrote on the 7DAYS page: “I am shocked and speechless about this and really have to hold back the anger I feel towards the person who did this. Since animal abuse seems to increase it is time for new laws.” Ornella Parigi also wrote: “The step after animal abuse will be people or kid abuse... these people have to be caught. We have cameras everywhere in this city, I think if you check the area maybe you can find the persons.”
Another, Shelagh, wrote: “It’s shocking and scary that this kind of monster is walking amongst us. It is well documented and researched that animal torture, mutilation and murder lead to more violent crimes, most often moving onto human victims.”
HEALING: Bob is shown recovering as Dr Kathleen Leguin takes calls from members of the public pledging help
MUTILATED: Bob’s tail was severed. Vets operated to close up the wound as best they could