Young Kitten Saved From Horrific Fate
21 October 2014
Young kitten saved from horrific fate
Press Release issued: 15 March 2013 at 12:00am
A three-month-old kitten is lucky to be alive after a concerned Rockingham resident rescued it from a group of boys who were about to set it on fire on Tuesday.
The disturbing events unfolded as the woman was visiting Waikiki Beach, where she noticed a group of four boys in their early teens tossing around a young female kitten.
The woman intervened as the boys were about to take to the frightened animal with a lit blowtorch and was shouted at and abused before they took off.
The woman then took the kitten and left the area, caring for it at her home before handing it over to a Cat Haven volunteer, who brought it to the Shenton Park shelter.
“With thousands of cats and kittens coming through our doors every year, we see many cases of neglect and abuse, but this one has shocked us all,” Cat Haven spokesperson David Settelmaier said.
“It’s unfathomable how young people could treat a defenceless animal with such utter cruelty and malice,” he said.
‘Kiki’, as Cat Haven staff have named the brindle kitten, did not suffer any injuries and has recovered well from her ordeal.
She is neither microchipped or sterilised, but was wearing a tan-coloured collar embossed with black hearts, with a silver-coloured bell attached.
Mr Settelmaier said Kiki may have just wandered from her home and gotten lost.
“We urge anyone who recognises her to come forward and contact Cat Haven so that we can reunite her with her family,” Mr Settelmaier said.
He thanked the woman who rescued the Kiki for her brave efforts.
“We’re glad Kiki is safe, and we hope she can return home soon or find a new home from our shelter, where she can be treated with all the love and dignity she deserves.”
Cat Haven is Western Australia’s largest cat welfare shelter, taking in more than 8000 felines every year and finding homes for thousands.
The organisation also provides highly discounted veterinary services such as sterilisation and microchipping for low-income earners.