The BC SPCA is seeking the public’s help in an investigation into the
suspected abuse of a three-week-old kitten found in the middle of the road on East
33rd Avenue near Slocan Street in Vancouver on June 4. The kitten
was suffering from a deep laceration that cut all the way through his skin and
into muscle around the entire circumference of his neck.
“It is hard to imagine that an injury of this type and severity was
caused accidentally,” said Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community
relations for the BC SPCA.
“It would appear that the laceration was caused by a
wire of some kind, wrapped tightly around the kitten’s neck. We are definitely
treating this as a cruelty investigation.”
She said the kitten was brought to the Vancouver SPCA by a Good
Samaritan, who saw the critically ill kitten lying in the road and immediately
rushed him to the SPCA.
“It really is a miracle that he survived such a grave
injury and we are grateful to the individual who took the time to bring him to
us,” says Chortyk. She says the SPCA has named the tiny kitten “Stanley” for
his fighting spirit and in honour of the Canucks. “We couldn’t give Stanley pain
medication because he is so tiny and it would cause irreparable damage to his
liver, but our veterinary staff immediately administered doses of antibiotics
and he has made an amazing recovery.” Stanley is being fostered by an SPCA
staff member and is being bottle fed and is receiving ongoing antibiotics to
“It is hard to imagine anyone committing such a heinous act on a tiny,
helpless kitten and we are very anxious for any information concerning this
case,” says Chortyk. Anyone who may recognize the kitten or know anything about
the case is asked to call the Vancouver SPCA shelter at 604-709-4699.
The BC SPCA conducts nearly 7,000
cruelty investigations a year and is reliant on donations from the public to
continue its work. Your gift can help rescue and protect animals in need and bring abusers to justice. Please donate today.
Photo caption: Three-week-old Stanley (top) has made a miraculous recovery, seen here with BC SPCA Vancouver Branch manager Jane Talbot (below).
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.