Another animal cruelty case has now been reported in Marietta, SC. The Community Pet Project reported December 10 on a cat needing treatment for wounds stemming from a coyote attack.
This case is disturbing, as it occurred in the same area where Roger Owens dragged a pit bull named Andra Grace behind his truck a little over a week ago.
As it turned out, the cat wasn't attacked by a wild animal. According to Poinsett Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Tom Felder, this beautiful 2-year-old male cat named Jiggles had been shot.
Jiggles ordeal began two weeks ago when he was allowed to go outside to use the bathroom. He never returned, and his mom and dad have been searching for him every day. Tuesday morning Jiggles was found laying outside on the ground. Despite being seriously injured, Jiggles managed to drag his damaged body back home to his family.
Jiggles mom got on the phone trying to find help for her cat. One non-profit organization told her to "put a bullet in Jiggles' head."
Mom didn't give up searching for help, and eventually found it with The Community Pet Project. TCPP does a lot for cats in upstate South Carolina, and are doing their best to put the word out there about this sweet injured kitty. A donation page has been set up for Jiggles at YouCaring.
An appointment was made with Dr. Felder at Poinsett Animal Hospital for 11:20 a.m. today. Jiggles mom and dad, along with a TCPP representative, met for an evaluation to learn the extent of his injuries. Dr. Felder determined that Jiggles has two broken back legs from the knee down. Jiggles also has painful and infected open wounds and injuries. Dr. Felder believed this poor baby had been hit by a car, but the family disputed that theory and x-rays were taken.
The family was shocked to learn that not only had Jiggles back legs been damaged, but the x-ray revealed the injuries were the result of being shot. Jiggles was administered pain medication before the tests were run. Unfortunately, Poinsett Animal Hospital isn't set up to handle such serious cases. A cat with two broken legs (one infected and one shattered) as well as being shot, meant Jiggles had to be referred to a veterinarian skilled in reconstructive surgery.
Jiggles mom and dad were handed a prescription for antibiotics, as well as medication to control his pain. They were told Jiggles needed immediate care for his injuries. A TCPP representative took Jiggles, along with his x-rays, to Foothills Veterinary Hospital, where the surgery will be performed once adequate funds have been collected. A TCPP representative made the following statement on their Facebook page
"There is simply no time to waste in this matter so please give today. Jiggles must be taken into surgery and the good thing is, as Dr. Felder stated, cats are very tough. I can personally attest to this because I, myself, saw a clear-eyed Jiggles kneading a blanket."
Jiggles mom and dad are humble people, and would love to be able to afford care for their injured cat. This expense is simply too much for them, and could reach close to $3,500. The Community Pet Project is a 501c3 organization, so all donations are tax deductible.
Please donate if you can to the YouCaring link above. If you can't donate, then share this article. For those of you who don't trust online fundraisers, a payment direct to Foothills Veterinary Hospital can be made by calling their office at (864) 233-4347. Tell the staff you'd like to donate to help the cat shot in Marietta.
No information is available on who shot this poor innocent cat. Anyone with information is asked to contact TCPP on Facebook. At the time of this article, Roger Owens remains a free man who was only ticketed with a misdemeanor. Anyone living in the Marietta, SC area is asked to keep their pets inside for their own safety.
A list of some of the Examiner articles written about Andra Grace, the pit bull who was dragged behind a truck driven by Roger Owens of Marietta, are under suggested by the author.