Published on February 14, 2014
Discovered in a crate on the side of the highway and brought to the SPCA by a member of the public, a cat named Clancy had to be put down on Friday after the removal of bandages on his limbs revealed rotting flesh underneath.
Published on February 14, 2014
An examination of Clancy revealed decaying flesh on the cat’s back feet and legs all the way down to the joints.
The heartbreaking discovery of a cat with rotting flesh who had to be put down meant a sombre Valentine’s Day this year for staff at the Prince Albert SPCA.
“On this day, which is supposed to be a day of love, all we feel is sadness,” read a post on the SPCA Facebook page detailing the sad story.
A member of the public initially found the cat, named Clancy, in a crate on the side of the highway and brought him in to the SPCA.
“It smelled like rotting flesh as soon as you took him out of there, and just by looking at him you could see he was in poor condition,” kennel attendant and animal protection officer Jared Epp said.
Examining the wet, shivering animal, staff members saw that Clancy’s front paws had duct tape wrapped around them, while his back paws were wrapped in gauze.
Director of operations Leanne Roberts could only speculate on the reasons Clancy’s former owner wrapped the cat’s paws in tape.
“I don’t know if they thought they were trying to help him by doing that with the frostbite on his feet or not … That’s the way he was found,” Roberts said. “We don’t know why.”
Hoping against hope that the injuries were not as severe as they appeared, staff members quickly took Clancy to a veterinarian.
Upon unwrapping the bandages, they discovered to their horror that both of Clancy’s back feet and the legs all the way down to the joints were rotten.
Deeming the injuries so severe that Clancy could not be saved, they made the choice to have the cat put down to end his suffering.
It smelled like rotting flesh as soon as you took him out of there, and just by looking at him you could see he was in poor condition. Jared Epp
With no leads pointing towards Clancy’s former owners, the odds of pursuing animal cruelty or neglect charges are effectively zero.
Such cases are first directed through the SPCA before police press charges.
“If it was an animal cruelty (case) and we charged them under the Criminal Code, it would have to be a charge through a regular (police) member,” bylaw manager Suzanne Stubbs said.
“But we would get all the information from (the SPCA) because they would find out what happened and provide us with all the information and then we would proceed further with it.”
Asked how residents could help prevent cases similar to Clancy’s, Epp pointed to the need to spay and neuter pets, as well as keeping animals indoors.
“Don’t let them roam free around the neighbourhood, and if you are going to do that, keep them confined to your property and have them licensed or microchipped,” Epp said.
“If they do escape and they end up at any veterinary clinic or Humane Society, they can scan for a microchip and then it matches to your name and then we can reunite you with your animal.”
Anyone who finds an injured animal should contact Animal Control.