When Inspector Shelly first attended a Paralowie house in February last year, she was saddened to find a number of terribly thin cats and kittens wandering around the property, with little access to food or water.
Most troubling, though, was a kitten with a severe eye injury.
“When asked how the kitten had hurt her eye, the owner casually explained it was due to the spike of a palm tree piercing through the kitten’s eye,” says Inspector Shelly.
Through her eye!
Hidden under spikes and overgrown weeds was 3-month-old Cherry, refusing to leave her thin mother’s side.
You can help save animals like Cherry – please become a Guardian Angel this Christmas and help stop the suffering.
Cherry’s physical pain was obvious, but the fear and confusion on her face broke Inspector Shelly’s heart.
Still, she seemed to innately know that we were there to help her – only thanks to people like you.
Once in our care, veterinarians determined Cherry was suffering from a perforated cornea and a prolapsed iris. Sadly, nothing could be done to save poor Cherry’s eye…
…but vets could save her life. People like you gave Cherry a second chance.
Heart wrenchingly, Cherry had lived in this distressing state for a month prior to RSPCA South Australia getting the call to intervene.
Can you imagine the agony that poor Cherry must have been in?
Will you please help put a stop to the agony that animals like Cherry suffer due to the neglect of others?
“Penetration of the cornea is very painful,” RSPCA South Australia head vet Brad says. “Immediate treatment would have minimised suffering, and not to seek it is a failure of moral responsibilities of pet ownership.”
Thanks to supporters like you, Cherry received the surgery and care she desperately needed, along with the nutrition that every growing kitten needs.
You’ll be touched to know that Cherry recovered at RSPCA Lonsdale and was adopted into a new loving family 26 days later.
Cherry (who has been given the cutest new name – Jupiter!) now spends her days sprinting up and down the hallway for hours chasing anything that rolls. Cherry also loves smelling flowers and being in the backyard so she can hide in the garden and spy on the chickens.
Cherry might only have one eye but, thanks to devoted people like you, she will have a safe place to rest her head this Christmas.
To get justice for Cherry, our legal team worked hard on the case and finally, in Elizabeth Magistrates Court earlier this year, her former owner was criminally convicted of ill-treating an animal.
He received a six-month good behaviour bond and was ordered to pay $1,924 in veterinary costs. He was also banned from owning animals for two years.
That prosecution wouldn’t have been possible without generous supporters like you.
A staggering 3,061 animals in positions that resembled Cherry’s were helped by RSPCA South Australia this past year alone. Those animals were forced to live in terrible conditions, were given little food or water, or were injured yet denied vet treatment.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Thanks to donations from Guardian Angels, so many lives can be saved. Please become a Guardian Angel this Christmas. Your donation truly is life changing.