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« on: May 03, 2009, 11:43:24 am »

Two tiny kittens are slowly recovering after having paws cut off - believed to be by children using a knife or scissors.

The kittens survived their "horrendous" injuries, but are now facing major surgery to have a hind leg and part of a hip amputated.

The children, both aged under 10, giggled when they left the kittens at a Wellington Cats Protection League foster home, saying that the kittens' "feet fell off". But a vet's verdict is that the feet were "traumatically removed".

The children and their parents left the animal foster home without giving their names.

The committee member who runs the home has informed the SPCA, but a spokesperson says they cannot investigate without more information.

The eight week-old kittens are recovering well, but need to grow bigger before they have a hope of surviving the required surgery.

Both kittens are missing their left-hind foot. A veterinarian's notes say the leg of the smaller, black male "ends abruptly at the extreme distal tibia" the kitten's ankle.

The slightly larger black-and-white male was cut across the top of his foot his leg "ends abruptly across the proximal metatarsals".

The kittens were very quiet when the vet first saw them and the stumps were "swollen and inflamed". It was thought they might die from the trauma.

The volunteer who runs the home said for a long time her children could not bear to look at the kittens. "[The kittens] don't know they don't have feet. The cruellest thing is when you see it lying on its back and it's got its little stump and it's trying to scratch its chin.

"They're as friendly as - they try and climb up you and everything. It's horrible because you can feel the stumps on you... you can feel the jagged bit at the end.

"The other day we just heard [one of the kittens] scream and it had stood on a piece of kitty litter and it had stuck into its little stump ... it got infected."

The stumps have to be carefully bathed every day. The woman, who declined to be named, said she had taken in more injured cats in the last three months than in the past nine years put together.

"I just can't believe there's so many. They're all so horrendous," she said. "It just never seems to stop."

Other recent cases include a kitten whose tail was chopped off by a child with scissors. That kitten survived, but was deeply traumatised. "He was black and white and he's now turning grey." Another kitten was brought to her after being attacked with a hammer the owner had killed the rest of the litter, but this one somehow survived.

The volunteer found a third kitten in a box at her door, tangled so tightly in fishing line it was bleeding.

"The noise it was making... I cut the fishing line off and within minutes it died. My only consolation was it had stopped howling."

The league is about to launch a campaign for owners to get their cats desexed last year 500 operations were performed and this year it is determined to raise enough money to double that to 1000.

Recent high-profile incidents of animal cruelty have included the attack last month on a sheep by three Auckland teenagers who allegedly blew off its jaw with fireworks, and the abduction of a 14-year-old dog in Wellington which was then seriously injured when used as bait for fighting pitbull terriers.

The Cats Protection League will pay for the kittens' operations.

Donations or inquiries can be made at www.cpl-wellington.org.nz or posted to PO Box 12157, Thorndon, Wellington.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2380558/Kittens-face-surgery-after-paws-hacked-off

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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2009, 12:25:52 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2009, 01:00:02 pm »

I hesitated before opening this thread - scared of what I might find. I feel absolutely sickened.

Nothing upsets or disgusts me more than cruelty to elderly folk, young children and poor defenseless animals. It's times like this that I fully acknowledge and freely admit that I have a violent streak of my own. If I ever caught anyone inflicting cruelty, violence and the like on a poor defenseless animal - I shudder to think what I would be capable of.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 01:06:06 pm »

I must say I had the same feeling when I saw the headline - and then I thought that these pricks need to be named and shamed.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2009, 03:55:29 pm »

These kids were under 10 years of age and were giggling about what they had done ...... the parents dumped the kittens and took off.     I hope that someone knows who these people are and dobs them in.    This is the kind of thing that brings out the worst in me.
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2009, 04:19:08 pm »

This makes me so fucken mad I'm only going to say they (the kids (and the parents for that matter)) should have been aborted just after conception.
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2009, 05:10:14 pm »

What the hell is the matter with these people         Teenagers blowing the jaw off a sheep with fireworks.  The gene pool has become very very shallow.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2009, 06:35:21 pm »

I was so upset when I read the newspaper account that after having a rant about it and thinking what I would like to do to the little brats..........

I just had to pick up my gorgeous Bugsy and give him a cuddle.


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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2009, 03:15:14 pm »

The big concern is what sort of criminals these children are going to grow in to.

There is never any excuse for cruelty.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2009, 05:23:58 pm »

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There is never any excuse for cruelty.

I'm sure if the family are ever named they will come up with a whole raft of 'excuses'.
My children were taught when they were crawling not to pull tails, ears or fur. FFS it's not hard.

I don't know if lack of empathy is a learned trait or inborn, but even though the bible professes the greatest emotion to be love - I think the greatest is empathy!
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2009, 06:18:52 pm »

Along with those Shef, my rule has always been - NO STICKS AROUND THE ANIMALS!

I hate to see a dog cowering when a kid nearby is waving a stick around.
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2009, 08:58:28 pm »

Along with those Shef, my rule has always been - NO STICKS AROUND THE ANIMALS!

I hate to see a dog cowering when a kid nearby is waving a stick around.

Well I had Tim's dogs here for a week. They didn't do what he wanted so he picked up the piece of pipe that my dogs play with. His dogs immediately cowered - as he did when his G/F and I saw. I've seen shepherd's beat their dogs. While I was the cook, they learnt it wasn't acceptable, when you're the cook - you can make life very uncomfortable for a fuckwit - I did Grin
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2009, 01:35:36 pm »



Two tiny kittens are slowly recovering after having paws cut off - believed to be by children using a knife or scissors.

The kittens survived their "horrendous" injuries, but are now facing major surgery to have a hind leg and part of a hip amputated.

The children, both aged under 10, giggled when they left the kittens at a Wellington Cats Protection League foster home, saying that the kittens' "feet fell off". But a vet's verdict is that the feet were "traumatically removed".

The children and their parents left the animal foster home without giving their names.

The committee member who runs the home has informed the SPCA, but a spokesperson says they cannot investigate without more information.

The eight week-old kittens are recovering well, but need to grow bigger before they have a hope of surviving the required surgery.

Both kittens are missing their left-hind foot. A veterinarian's notes say the leg of the smaller, black male "ends abruptly at the extreme distal tibia" the kitten's ankle.

The slightly larger black-and-white male was cut across the top of his foot his leg "ends abruptly across the proximal metatarsals".

The kittens were very quiet when the vet first saw them and the stumps were "swollen and inflamed". It was thought they might die from the trauma.

The volunteer who runs the home said for a long time her children could not bear to look at the kittens. "[The kittens] don't know they don't have feet. The cruellest thing is when you see it lying on its back and it's got its little stump and it's trying to scratch its chin.

"They're as friendly as - they try and climb up you and everything. It's horrible because you can feel the stumps on you... you can feel the jagged bit at the end.

"The other day we just heard [one of the kittens] scream and it had stood on a piece of kitty litter and it had stuck into its little stump ... it got infected."

The stumps have to be carefully bathed every day. The woman, who declined to be named, said she had taken in more injured cats in the last three months than in the past nine years put together.

"I just can't believe there's so many. They're all so horrendous," she said. "It just never seems to stop."

Other recent cases include a kitten whose tail was chopped off by a child with scissors. That kitten survived, but was deeply traumatised. "He was black and white and he's now turning grey." Another kitten was brought to her after being attacked with a hammer the owner had killed the rest of the litter, but this one somehow survived.

The volunteer found a third kitten in a box at her door, tangled so tightly in fishing line it was bleeding.

"The noise it was making... I cut the fishing line off and within minutes it died. My only consolation was it had stopped howling."

The league is about to launch a campaign for owners to get their cats desexed last year 500 operations were performed and this year it is determined to raise enough money to double that to 1000.

Recent high-profile incidents of animal cruelty have included the attack last month on a sheep by three Auckland teenagers who allegedly blew off its jaw with fireworks, and the abduction of a 14-year-old dog in Wellington which was then seriously injured when used as bait for fighting pitbull terriers.

The Cats Protection League will pay for the kittens' operations.

Donations or inquiries can be made at www.cpl-wellington.org.nz or posted to PO Box 12157, Thorndon, Wellington.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/2380558/Kittens-face-surgery-after-paws-hacked-off
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2009, 12:05:50 am »

The big concern is what sort of criminals these children are going to grow in to.

There is never any excuse for cruelty.

There has been quite a lot of criminology research done that identified that cruelty to animals is often a precusor to cruelty to other people.
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