Herman the Cat is Recovering after Trauma
September 22, 2009
Herman, a gentle, geriatric cat is recovering in SPCA care after being assaulted in the Downtown Eastside. Vancouver police officers were called to the scene near Carrall and Hastings streets on Sept. 18 after witnesses reported the cat's owner, 63-year-old Harold Aubrey Borgal, strangling the white, short-haired cat. By the time officers arrived, Borgal had put Herman into a black bag and was beating him against a building wall. Borgal was taken into police custody and Herman was rushed to a veterinary clinic for treatment.
Lorie Chortyk, spokesperson for the BC SPCA, says Herman is doing well despite the trauma. "He has a great appetite, he's drinking well and he's been grooming himself, which are all good signs," she says. "He doesn't appear to be in pain from the attack on Friday, but he is definitely a senior cat with a number of age-related health issues such as chronic kidney disease and dental problems. He also appears to have some spinal damage caused by an earlier trauma."
She says Herman is a calm and extremely friendly cat. "He is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. He really deserves to be in a home where he is safe and loved."
For more information, read our press release.
The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization funded primarily by public donations. Our mission is to prevent cruelty and to promote the welfare of animals through a wide range of services, including cruelty investigations, emergency rescue and treatment, sheltering and adoption of homeless and abused animals, humane education, advocacy, farm animal welfare, spay/neuter programs, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.
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