I am being flippant because this man, Mykhaylo Narolskyy, 52, does not have an IQ of 10 but he is damn stupid or just plain cruel. He looks more stupid than cruel.
He put duct tape over a ‘stray’ cat (his cat?). Someone living in his home defended him by saying that he did it to stop the cat scratching an injury.
A neighbour called animal control when they saw the cat covered in duct tape. He was subsequently arrested and charged with one count of animal abandonment and cruelty. I am not sure where the ‘abandonment’ comes from as he claimed the cat was a stray. Perhaps he was being dishonest. The cat probably belonged to him.
A veterinarian stated that the tape would harm the cat. It is a shame that we don’t have a photo. But there have been other cases of cats being duct taped. It is obviously cruel.
The vet added that if the tape was an attempt to help the cat it was an act of negligence.
Narolskyy was released on bail and then at his trail was convicted of animal cruelty. The crime was classified as a misdemeanour (lesser crime). He admitted his guilt in court. Perhaps it was that which kept him out of jail. He was sentenced to two years probation.
Comment: who in their right mind would try and stop a cat scratching an injury by using copious amounts of duct tape? You need an Elizabethan collar. See your veterinarian. I suspect that the cat belonged to Narolskyy and he decided to avoid veterinary fees and did some crude DIY treatment on his cat. Stupid + Cruel? Yes.
Many cat owners do their best to avoid taking their cat to the vet. This can often aggravate an obvious health problem. I think this is a bigger problem than we are aware of. To neglect a feline health issue is a form of cruelty.
Sources: usnews.com, Facebook and record-eagle.com.