Thursday, April 2, 2009

OHS seeks information from public on cats abandoned in local park

April 1, 2009
For immediate release

OSPCA Agent Hammond with ThelmaThe Ottawa Humane Society (OHS) is seeking assistance from the public in locating the owners of two cats abandoned at the corners of Carling Avenue and Richmond Road in the city’s west end.

The OHS investigations department received a call on the evening of March 27, alerting them to the presence of two cats in Jill Brown Park. One of the cats was deceased under a tree and a second cat was by its side. The caller had noticed the cats earlier in the day and at that time, both cats were alive.

When an OHS emergency agent arrived at the park, she found both cats under an evergreen tree with some dry food nearby. The live cat, a five-year-old brown tabby, would not leave the side of its deceased partner, a five-year-old Calico with declawed front paws.

Both cats appeared to be well fed, but neither animal had any identification.

The cats were brought back to the OHS shelter where a veterinarian performed a necropsy on the deceased Calico, but no immediate cause of death was found. Thelma, the tabby, is being cared for at the shelter where she is receiving regular veterinary checkups and is being monitored for stress.

“It’s amazing that these cats weren’t hit by cars, given the high-traffic area where they were left,” said Inspector Miriam Smith. “These cats were obviously together and were owned at one time. If someone was unable to care for them for whatever reason, financial or otherwise, abandoning them anywhere — especially in such a high-risk park — is not the solution.”

The OHS has seen an increase recently in owners being unable to care for their pets due to financial difficulties. It is a pet owner’s legal responsibility to provide care for their animals. If that becomes impossible, then an owner must make efforts to re-home the animal or surrender it to their local humane society. Leaving an animal to fend for itself on the streets is not just inhumane, it’s abandonment — which is against the law and could result in criminal charges being laid.

If you have any information regarding this case, please call the OHS investigations department at 613-725-3166 ext. 224 or e-mail investigations@ottawahumane.ca.

For media inquiries, contact:
Tara Jackson, Communications Manager
(613) 725-3166 ext. 261

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