WATCH: The SPCA is looking for the owners of a cat dumped out a car window in a Colwood neighbourhood earlier this week. The animal was found with her feet, and stomach wrapped in duct tape. As Mary Griffin reports, she is now under the care of a veterinarian, but her injuries could have been much worse.
The B.C. SPCA is investigating after an injured cat was dumped out of a car window in Colwood, with its legs and torso duct-taped.
A witness said a gray sedan pulled over in the 3000 block of Pickford Road in Colwood on Tuesday with two caucasian men inside, one of the men dropped the cat out of the vehicle before driving off.
The cat was seen crawling to hide in nearby bushes. She was taken to a nearby animal clinic and was eventually transferred to the Saanichton Village Veterinary Hospital. She is now under the care of Dr. Philip Stacey.
The elderly female cat has an abscess on her torso, and Stacey suspects that her owner taped her feet to prevent her from scratching the wound.
“She hasn’t been cared for adequately for her condition. That may have happened for a lot of reasons, financial reasons, people’s own inability to care for themselves, let alone the cats,” said Dr. Stacey.
The cat is currently being treated with antibiotics to deal with the infection on her side, and could have kidney and/or hyper-thyroid issues.
But Stacey said dumping her was inhumane.
“They were effectively abandoning the cat, probably in a probably, different area they don’t know. They are not able to hunt or look after herself. That’s really a horrible way for them to die,” said Stacey.
Erika Paul is an Animal Protection Officer with the B.C. SPCA.
She said there are options for owners overwhelmed with sick, and elderly pets.
“There isn’t any excuse for what those people did and we would love to find out who they are,” said Paul. “We try to help as much as we can. So if it’s a financial problem, we do everything we can to help someone. At the end of the day, a decision has to be made. So that the animal is not suffering.”
Paul said abandoning a cat is an offense under the Criminal Code, and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
Anyone with information on the situation is asked to call the B.C. SPCA animal cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.