People power saves a pharmacy cat from going into quarantine after scratching a boy

Porsche - a pharmacy cat in Hong Kong

Porsche – photo South China Morning Post

Hong Kong: Porsche is a shop cat. She lives in a pharmacy in Hong Kong. She is a tabby cat as you can see. It’s not clear what happened but a five-year-old boy suffered a 5 mm scratch behind his ear. He was in the shop with his mother. CCTV footage did not provide any evidence that Porsche scratched the boy. It doesn’t show him doing any harm at all apparently. But…

The boys mother came back to the store and made a complaint. She called the police and paramedics to attend to her boy’s scratch. The next day she went back to the pharmacy accompanied by an officer from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to take away Porsche for quarantine which is standard procedure under Hong Kong’s rabies ordinance. This is similar to what might have happened in America.

However, when the news got around about what had happened people power stepped up to the mark. They started a petition online which gathered more than 70,000 signatures. The storekeeper was not willing to give up Porsche for quarantine. She was probably worried and rightly so about her cat’s welfare. You never know what might happen. She thought she might never see her cat again. A regular customer at the pharmacy spoke up for Porsche’s character saying: “if you don’t annoy her, she will never attack or injure anyone.”

When the authorities came to pick her up and take away she was not at the shop; apparently suffering from ‘stress’ caused by the incident. The AFCD officer said that he would be back on Monday to pick up the cat.

Porsche’s owner took her cat to a private veterinary clinic for observation on Monday so she was not picked up by the AFCD. Apparently she wasn’t eating and even refused drinking water. I wonder whether this was a ploy by her owner to avoid having to hand over her cat to the authorities. I feel sure that it was and it was a good idea because the authorities relented and allowed Porsche to remain at the private veterinary clinic for the duration of the usual quarantine period.

The petition put some pressure upon the AFCD which combined with Porsche’s owner determination to take charge of the situation and retain possession over her cat resulted in a good outcome from the cat’s perspective. A sensible outcome and I feel sure that Porsche will sail through the quarantine period and come through it with a clean bill of health.

Source: South China Morning Post.

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People power saves a pharmacy cat from going into quarantine after scratching a boy — 7 Comments

  1. So what you are saying is, the cat was quarantined anyway. But if the cat doesn’t die from rabies in 10 days, then it’s still safe to be around other people? Do you frequently ignore reality in favor of cats’ lives over human lives? Knowing full-well (because you’ve been told on many many occasions), that the incubation period for rabies is (on average) 21 to 240 days, sometimes up to 11 months, one rare case being 6 years. How does a 10-day quarantine confirm that the cat is not harboring rabies and is now safe to be around other humans for the next 6 to 11 months? Please explain your obvious lack of any connection to reality and the real world any any semblance of a visible education. We’d all love to hear this. Perhaps you might finally get some of your now-gone readership back if you can explain your criminally-irresponsible and outlandishly biased misinformation that you relentlessly spew to the world. Though I’m hoping it is seriously too late for that, and most likely is.

    • I have referred to a Hong Kong ordinance and their rules. Insult them please ;

      And here’s a quote from CDC:

      “If you were bitten by a cat, dog, or ferret that appeared healthy at the time you were bitten, it can be confined by its owner for 10 days and observed. No anti-rabies prophylaxis is needed. No person in the United States has ever contracted rabies from a dog, cat or ferret held in quarantine for 10 days.

      If a dog, cat, or ferret appeared ill at the time it bit you or becomes ill during the 10 day quarantine, it should be evaluated by a veterinarian for signs of rabies and you should seek medical advice about the need for anti-rabies prophylaxis.”

      • You know fully well that that statement biasedly taken out of context only means the animal could not transmit rabies during the last 10 days before it dies from rabies. It DOES NOT mean that the animal is still not carrying rabies and can transmit rabies anytime during the next 6 to 11 months (or more). This can only be confirmed by an animal’s rabies-vaccination history and a history of having never been exposed to the virus. Even an animal that is fully vaccinated, if exposed to another possible rabies carrier; MUST by all international pet-trade, import/export, and animal-transport laws; be quarantined for no less than 6 months to be certain that that vaccinated animal has not developed the live rabies virus due to a vaccination that lost its effectiveness or never was effective.

        See, this is why everyone has left your site in droves. You’re like a terminally ignorant rabies carrier spreading deadly misinformation to them and their at-risk animals, someone they are trying to avoid to save their and their animals’ very lives. Good for them. At least they are much more intelligent and responsible than you’ve ever been during your useless and criminally irresponsible misinformation-spewing life.

    • Praying that Porsche will remain safe. I think that the store owner acted wisely and thank goodness quickly. That customer was a bit over the top. Besides, a well cared for shop cat is not going to have rabies. I am happy to hear that more than 70,000 supporters stepped up in support of Porsche and her guardian.

  2. More than likely Porsche is a victim of bearing false witness. My experience would suggest the possibility that the boy never came in contact with Porsce’s claws, instead did something bad, and lied to the mother about the incident. It’s happened more than once to people I know.

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