A Canadian woman has received a lifetime ban on pet ownership for failing to take her severely burned, small kitten to a veterinarian for treatment, an Ontario animal-welfare organization announced Aug. 18.
Chelsea Salter, age unknown, of Kingston, Ontario, also was ordered to immediately surrender all animals in her care to the Ontario SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the SPCA said. In addition, she was sentenced to two years of probation, during which time agents can inspect her home to ensure she complies with the ban on caring for, living with or owning any animal, the organization said. A court imposed the penalties after Salter pled guilty Aug. 11 to permitting distress to an animal.
According to the SPCA, the tabby-and-white kitten, who seemed to be five to six weeks old at the time of incident, fell or jumped into a hot deep fryer and sustained serious leg and stomach burns. When agents were called to Salter’s home, they found the kitten lethargic, withdrawn and lying on the floor of a coat closet with no sign that the raw wounds had received professional medical attention.
While Salter told investigators she could not afford veterinary care, the SPCA said that cash-strapped pet owners with injured animals should contact a local humane society for help. The kitten, who was turned over to the Kingston Humane Society, is now doing well and has been adopted by another person, the SPCA said.
Photographs taken before and after the kitten's recovery can be viewed here.