Com­mu­nity frus­tra­tion at mea­gre penal­ties

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

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

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