Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two Badly Injured Cats Found In Downtown Dumpster - Do You Have Any Info?

The Bay Cat Hospital is a place filled with misfit cats. Cats with seven toes, cats with no home and, for the last week, two kittens with just two eyes between them. They were found in a dumpster at Bloor and Yonge Sts. Their right eyes had been poked out. The male kitten had his teeth smashed. That same day — March 28 — an adult cat was found at Woodbine and Danforth Aves. Its right eye was also injured. “We can’t confirm if it was an act of animal cruelty or an accident,” said Alison Cross, spokeswoman for the OSPCA.

When the cats were found, Toronto Animal Services was called and took in all three felines. They found the owner of the older cat, but the two stray kittens were transferred to the Bay Cat Hospital for surgery. Their right eyes have now been removed. “When they came in they were calm and sweet,” said veterinarian Dr. Amanda Kolhatkar as she scoops one into her arms. “They just wanted to play. They were purring even with the injuries. “Animals are stoic, even little kittens,” she said of the animals’ demeanour. “That’s not uncommon. Animals will come in with broken legs and they’re still purring and nuzzling.”

Kolhatkar, who is covered in cat hair, performed the surgery last week to remove the damaged eyes. She has seen bad injuries but nothing this gruesome. “It was hard, even for us, you see a lot of kind of nasty stuff,” Kolhatkar said. “Everyone here had a very hard time looking at them.” As they bat at shoelaces, the kittens’ left eyes follow the movement. Their right eyelids are sewn shut with stitches that will come out later this week. The staff has given them a toy that is missing one eye. They’re a bit scared of it.

No one knows if these kittens have ever belonged to anybody. And while they the kittens don’t yet have names, they’re very popular — someone has already come forward to adopt them. But the OSPCA says this is still a very suspicious incident and they need the public’s help. “Hopefully someone will have some information,” said Elaine Holdham, a manager at the Bay veterinary practice. “We could just not fathom how someone could hold the kittens and do this.”

Anyone with any information about the injuries can call the OSPCA at 1-888-668-7722, and ask for the investigations department.
*The Toronto Star
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