A cat owner in South Carolina has been charged with animal cruelty after turning the cat over to animal services. WJCL News reported the story April 24.
Help was sought for the 8-year-old cat, who was taken to Port Royal Veterinary Hospital. It was humanely euthanized around 6 p.m. April 23. Dr. Marikay Campbell determined the injures were too severe for the cat to recover. In an interview with WJCL, Campbell stated
“It’s definitely in the top three as far as things that just stopped me in my tracks and made me take a step back and wonder how could this even happen.”
Now the owner is charged with animal cruelty. Unfortunately, Beaufort County Animal Control doesn’t have the authority to arrest an owner, and charges had to be made by police.
Beaufort County Animal Shelter Director Tallulah Trice wants to remind people with injured animals to seek their help
“We want the public to understand they need to come to us sooner a lot of people are scared of animal control we don’t want that. We don’t want them to think they’re going to come in and get cited for animal cruelty, they just need to contact us as soon as something like this happens.”
The owner will have to appear before a magistrate for punishment to be determined. Owners usually face a small fine or are assigned community service.
No name has been given in this case, but information for Beaufort Magistrate Court is listed below, should you wish to file a complaint.
Beaufort Magistrate Court
104 Ribaut Road
Post Office Box 2207
Beaufort, South Carolina 29902 (29901)
Please share this story, as the owner of this cat needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law for not seeking treatment. There’s no way the owner didn’t realize the extent of the injury and the pain this cat suffered.
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