All we really know at this point is: 1. Neighborhood children (and some adults) harass the cats in various ways, 2. Gary somehow sustained a very severe injury which resulted in his entire leg, including bone, being completely severed above the knee, 3. This neighborhood (which is actually within the city limits and not technically in Dundalk) has inadequate resources to help companion animals and support their caretakers. This we seek to remedy.
Although we found what *may* be the other half of Gary's upper leg bone cleanly severed on the ground near the window from which he was found hanging, we have no definitive proof that Gary's injuries were directly or intentionally caused by the actions of any individual.
What we DO know is that thanks to the tireless efforts of concerned citizens and the overwhelming support we've received from our community and people around the country and probably around the world, Gary and others like him will get the second chance at life that they so deserve. Gary is being picked up at 7:00 tonight to go to his foster home and will be available for adoption in a few weeks. Pictures forthcoming!
Thank you so much for caring and helping. Without people like you behind us, we could not do what we do.
- Lizzie Ellis, President
The Feline Rescue Association | www.baltimorecats.org
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Pictures of Gary's injuries are available here
(WARNING -- EXTREMELY GRAPHIC)
7/12/13: "Two weeks ago kids caught a friendly stray,hung him by his hind legs & began to torture him. A neighbor heard ungodly sounds coming from the abandoned house,investigated,freed the cat-who miraculously ran away,then she called the police. The kids parents defended them,and in spite of the neighbor being an eye witness-without the cat-the case was closed-at least for the kids. A few of us searched for the injured cat, he was no where to be found... Tonight the caretaker informed me the injured cat has returned for feeding but he's walking on 3 legs because one of his back paws is gone."
After three days of trying to trap him, Brownie (now "Gary Garfield Cooper") has finally been apprehended and is currently at the emergency vet this evening receiving antibiotics and pain medication. His leg (with ample bone exposed) will be assessed while he is under anesthesia tomorrow. He likely will require surgery and potentially further hospitalization to treat what we imagine is widespread infection.
JUSTICE FOR BROWNIE is forthcoming -- we will hold who did this to him fully-accountable -- but in the meantime, please help us provide his medical care. Thank you!!!
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