Is this a copycat bow and arrow shooting of a cat in Abu Dhabi? The Kirsten Lindsey case is internationally notorious. The world knows about her shooting of a cat in her backyard with an arrow.
We never hear of anything to do with domestic cats in Abu Dhabi. Then today we have a outdoor domestic cat being shot with an arrow. It is a shock.
The cat’s owner, Mrs Bezuidenhout, is shocked too. She lives at Al Raha Gardens. She rents a home there. The other tenants are outraged.
The cat’s name is Jack. He is a young ten-months-of-age. He is described as a white Arabian Mau. This is a rare breed of cat from the UAE.
No one has come forward as a witness. It is believed that Jack was shot while walking along a wall. He stumbled into a neighbour’s home and collapsed on the living room floor.
“When they noticed the cat was very seriously wounded, they started crying and screaming. My wife also started screaming and crying,” said the neighbour.
The neighbour took Jack to an Australian Veterinarian Hospital. The arrow had crushed Jack’s thorax and shattered some vertebrae, they said. Will he make a full recovery?
Treatment cost Dh2,200 ($599 USD). Dare I say it: that was cheap by comparison to USA and UK prices.
Animal abuse like this is a crime in Abu Dhabi carrying a jail term on conviction of one year, maximum and a fine of Dh5,000 to Dh20,000.
I am surprised this form of animal abuse has happened in this Middle Eastern state. However, apparently it is commonplace. A survey concluded that more than 75% of residents of Abu Dhabi thought animal cruelty was common in the state. The survey said it more common than in the West. There appears to be a problem with children abusing animals because of a lack of parental guidance.