Investigators at the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office say an incident report was filed on November 15, and that they are taking this matter very seriously.
Darlington County Shelter Manager, Tyrone Baker, said today in an interview with WBTV
“The vet now is currently taking care of her and they’re doing the best that they can, I feel like this cat will, I believe it’s gonna make it…I think we should call her “miracle.”
Baker went on to add this is the world case of abuse he’s ever seen. Elizabeth suffered burns to more than 70 percent of her body.
The Darlington County Humane Society Facebook page made a statement about Elizabeth
“Our local law enforcement is taking this very seriously!……..Update Nov 25 9am: Sweet Elizabeth is at the vet today getting checked over and bathed to help her wounds. ALL of the staff say she is the BEST cat and doing great. We will have new pictures to post later on today. We ALL appreciate EVERYONE rallying around Elizabeth. When we first received her, we vacillated on what our next step should be….should we try and save her, or let het go. She seemed too strong and spirited for us to let her go. We felt she was telling us she was not ready to leave her earthly pet duties. Having SO MANY folks step forward and help us, help Elizabeth is beyond wonderful. With funds so tight, we are often forced to make hard decisions simply because we cannot medically care for all the pets who come through our doors. Elizabeth thanks you and we thank you!! We could not continue to do what we do without your support. You all are earth angels for Elizabeth!”
A fund has been set up where you can donate towards her care. Elizabeth is also now in foster care, where she’ll experience less stress than in a shelter environment.
Since the shelter manager has a strong belief Elizabeth will recover, let’s think positive thoughts for this sweet kitty who didn’t deserve any of this.
Animals can surprise us mere humans with their ability to recover from life-threatening injuries. The puppy mill case of Roxi and Delaney, who suffered from chemical burns in Greenville County this past summer until their rescue from a puppy mill is only one example. In their case, good veterinary care and lots of TLC pulled the two dogs back from what could easily have been a fatal injury.
Our thoughts are with you Elizabeth, as well as the veterinary team and your foster family.
What do you feel would be a fair punishment for this 13-year-old boy? Should he be treated as an adult, or do you believe mental illness played a part in his actions and he should be punished accordingly?
Your comments are welcome.