Thursday, August 22, 2013
Three kittens abandoned in DeSoto with their ears cut off
Animal rescue officials say it's a very bizarre circumstance.
DESOTO In 23 years of being an animal advocate, Darlene Bryan of Dallas said she has not seen anything like it.
Three kittens, each about three weeks old, were found with their ears cut off on August 14. They had been left in a field in DeSoto “to die,” Bryan said.
Bryan said a Good Samaritan heard the kittens crying and took them to the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Cedar Hill.
Bryan said shelter officials immediately contacted her group, Cat Matchers, a Dallas-based nonprofit feline rescue group.
Cat Matchers quickly placed the kittens with foster owner Shannon Stout of Little Elm. Stout confirmed Wednesday that the kittens are improving, on medication and “their sores have healed up.”
Bryan said Cat Matchers has worked with Stout before and is confident that the kittens will receive appropriate care.
Tri-City Animal Shelter manager Tammy Miller said the extent of the kittens’ injuries shocked her staff.
“These poor babies’ ears had been cut down to where the cartilage was supposed to form,” she said.
As a result, Miller said the kittens will have to be indoor cats because the missing ear flaps would cause them to be prone to infections.
“The ear flap is completely gone,” she said.
DeSoto police spokesman Capt. Ron Smith said he’s not aware of any reports of kittens or animals being mutilated, “but it’s something we’d look into.”
Maura Davies, a spokesman for the SPCA of Texas, said it will be up to a law enforcement entity to determine whether animal cruelty charges will be filed based on the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Davies said she has been with the SPCA for 12 years and it’s the first she’s heard of this type of act.
Bryan said it was the “most bizarre thing” she’d seen.
“I’ve heard of people docking ears in pit bulls and someone said someone might have been trying to pass them off as Scottish Fold,” she said. “These kittens’ ears are just lopped off.”
Cat Matchers posted a photo of the kittens on its Facebook page, drawing outrage from several posters.
Stout said it’s “hard looking at ’em knowing someone gave them a physical handicap.”
Tommy Cummings is the assistant managing editor/digital of neighborsgo. He can be reached at 214-977-8042.
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