Catching Up With Katy P: Abused Cat Nears End Of Recovery

  • 7/24/2018 4:24:06 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

ONTARIO, OH - The Richland County Humane Society is currently caring for a cat who was abused with a firecracker. 

An unknown individual set off a firecracker in the cat's rectum, causing life-threatening wounds.

On July 9th, Humane Agents from HSRC received the cat from its owner around 1 P.M. They learned the incident took place at the Pine Bridge apartment complex on East Cook road in Mansfield sometime that morning. The cat was in bad condition and had severe wounds.

At approximately 2:00 PM the Richland County Humane Society posted on their Facebook that they were at Philips Animal Hospital with the cat and weren't sure if she would make it. The post was as follows:

"We are currently at the vet's office with this cat that had a firecracker set off in her rectum. We have no words. We need all your good thoughts and vibes for her. We aren't sure if she will make it, it depends on the extent of the damage. She lived in the Pine Bridge apartment complex at 135 E. Cook Rd. We believe it happened within the past 24 hours. We don't know who did it, although we wish we did..."

Since that day the cat, now named Katy P, has garnered national attention.

People from across the country and beyond have chimed in to show their support, calling and posting on the Humane Society of Richland County's Facebook page. People from all over the United States, people in China, Jamaica, Canada, the UK, and even Afghanistan have called HSRC or Phillips Animal Hospital to donate or check on Katy P's condition. Media outlets from all over the United States have picked up Katy P's story.

Donations poured in from concerned citizens and cat lovers across the nation and with the help of the community, Katy was able to get her treatment taken care of and a reward fund, now sitting above $24,000 dollars, is waiting to be claimed.

P.E.T.A,  The Humane Society of the United States, and the Animal Welfare Defense League have all pledged separate $5,000 dollar rewards for any information leading to the arrest of the abuser. Around $8,000 dollars has been raised from donors to the Humane Society of Richland County.

A private company from Avon Lake donated $2500 towards vet bills and $2500 towards the reward fund. A citizen of Las Vegas who has a following online as a golf teacher gave his fans a free lesson in exchange for a donation of $100 or more and raised, at least, $4000 Dollars. Pine Bridge, the apartment complex where the incident took place also donated to her vet bills.

Missy Houghton, executive director of the Humane Society of Richland County says the extra money from her treatment and any unclaimed reward money will go into a new 'Katy P. Fund' which will be saved and benefit animals who are victims of abuse by humans in the future. She added, "it's just been amazing, the generosity that's been shown to us and to her specifically through this ordeal."

Dr. Andrew Scherrer of Phillips Animal Hospital, the Veterinarian who operated on Katy P, showed gratitude to those who came to Katy P's aide. "The outpouring of support has been really touching.. to see people actually caring about her and hopefully giving her a good second chance at life."

Now, Katy P has come to the end of her struggle.

After multiple surgeries, a tail amputation, and a long wait to see whether Katy would retain bowel function it appears as though Katy P will live a happy life moving forward. All that's left for Katy is for the sutures from her tail amputation to heal up, and she will be all finished with this ordeal.

Houghton says Katy P. will definitely be adopted out, but they're not sure when yet. She urges everyone to wait for their announcement and at that time they will accept applications. 

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