This is one of the saddest stories I’ve heard in a while about a cat being killed by mindless cruelty. It is the fireworks season in the UK. There’s Bonfire Night and Halloween and the Indian community celebrate Diwali. You expect frightened cats but not this sort of disgusting cruelty towards animals by sick psychopaths. But it has happened and the British should be ashamed of themselves.
It happened in Derby which for Americans is in the north of England. The cat’s owner is Sam Copeland-Whelan. She is naturally devastated and heartbroken. Her brother found her cat still alive nearby at around noon yesterday, November 4th.
Sam has six cats and I have to presume that all of them are outside cats. Her brother phoned her to say that he had found one of her cats. He had called an emergency vet. When the vet arrived at the scene of the crime the cat was still alive but died shortly thereafter. Sam Copeland-Whelan said (if you don’t want to read this then please skip this section because it is a graphic description):
“It had two firework rockets attached to it. All of its fur was no longer on it and one of its legs had been ripped off. The fireworks had gone off. It looked appalling and by the time the emergency vet came to the scene it had sadly died. It did well to survive so long. It’s so sad and tragic. My brother believes the cat was pinned down and then had the rockets attached to its body. I’m gutted. I have six cats myself and they are my babies. How a so-called human can do this to a cat is absolutely beyond me. It’s vile. I’m now keeping all my cats inside until bonfire night blows over. I’m not taking the risk and I would urge all other cat owners to do the same thing….”
The police are appealing for witnesses but as usual I have to be pessimistic at the prospect of them finding the perpetrator(s). There will be the usual arguments about whether it is sensible to let your cats wonder outside at any time never mind during the fireworks season. Without wishing to be overly critical and without wishing to upset anybody one has to lay some blame at the feet of the cat’s owner. And she calls her cats ‘it’. For me that is not a good sign of a good cat/human relationship.
That said it is depressing to know that in Britain there are mindless idiots who take pleasure in torturing a cat in this way. I can almost visualise who did it: the usual suspects. They will be a couple of young men perhaps teenagers who think it is fun to treat cats in this way. They have a complete disregard for the consequences of what they are doing. They have a complete disregard for the fact that they are playing around with a sentiment being who feels pain and who has emotions. It is psychopathic behaviour but yet there are many people like this. It is soul destroying and deeply upsetting.