Not all cat cruelty is committed by cruel people. Not all cat abuse is committed by criminal-minded, nasty people. A lot of animal cruelty is committed by sickos but sometimes John Doe or in England the lawyers say, “the man on top of the Clapham omnibus” (the typical person), commits cat cruelty.
This is because a lot of people are on the borderline of acting in a moral way. In fact you could say that all of us have the ability to act immorally. It depends on the circumstances and our state of mind. We have it in us at all times to bend the rules and more than that.
Cat cruelty is “way too common” says Claudia Allen, the director of Winnipeg Lost Cat Alert. That’s true and the reason is partly because cats are more vulnerable than dogs and because John Doe is capable of being cruel to his own cat even when he has cared for his cat for a long time.
Although it is not completely clear, a well fed tabby in or near Winnipeg was placed in a cat carrier and the carrier placed in a ditch. The ditch flooded. The person who placed the cat there must have realised that the ditch would flood and it did.
A passerby spotted what he believed was a fishing tackle box in the flooded ditch. He approached it and realised that he was looking at a cat in a cage submerged up to her neck in muddy water.
The passerby was a decent fellow at that time – perhaps all the time; the opposite of the person who left his cat in a ditch. He literally fished the cage out of the ditch with his fishing line. He took the cat to Winnipeg Lost Cat Alert. Claudia said that the cat was in shock and subdued. She was named Glinda.
The man who rescued Glinda then took her to Winnipeg Humane Society where she was cared for. She was found to be in good health. She was lucky that this anonymous man saved her.
Claudia believes Glinda was someone’s pet. She was well fed and even overweight. If Glinda was someone’s pet it is not unreasonable to presume that the cat’s owner decided he or she had had enough of cat ownership and disposed of her in the most convenient place. I’d guess that the ditch is not that far from the owner’s home (perhaps a few miles away).
The owner is probably seen as a reasonable citizen in the community as his cat was in decent health and well fed. This person suffered from a bout of moral turpitude and acted cruelly towards his cat companion.
Note: “moral turpitude” is essentially a legal term meaning exhibiting a lack of morals. It might apply to some who permanently acts without morals or someone who lets himself down temporarily. The word “bout” means: for a period, in this instance.