Saturday, September 26, 2009

♥SMOKEY♥ - Cat Survives 13 Shots to Head and Still Finds Way Home


Jon Hargest/Newspix/Rex USA
A furry gray cat named Smokey strayed from his home, was held down by a heartless thug and shot in the head 13 times—and survived.

In a tale of sickening cruelty and remarkable spirit, 9-year-old Smokey turned up at the doorstep of his home in Carisbrook, Australia, one morning, several days after disappearing. His owner, Liz Dunn, burst into tears when she saw him; little Smokey’s face was battered and bleeding, and his left eye appeared shredded.

After taking him to her local police station, Dunn learned what most likely happened to Smokey—he was either caged or pinned down and repeatedly shot in the head with a pellet gun, either by a lone attacker or a gang. "I was just really shocked that someone could take an animal and literally hold them down and just keep shooting them," Dunn told Australia’s ABC.net. "The police said that they have to keep reloading the slug gun, it's not a process that automatically goes bang, bang, bang. Smokey had been either contained or held because all of them were in his head and nowhere else in his body was injured. I was just shocked and horrified.”

Dunn took Smokey to a vet, who sedated him and removed 11 of the 13 pellets; the two others are still lodged in Smokey’s face. Vets also stitched a small white button just above Smokey’s badly-damaged left eye to shore it up. According to experts, there’s been an upswing in violence against cats—known as “moggies” in Australia—and other animals, much of it committed by bored, unemployed men. "Almost certainly these will be young males around about the age of 18 to 20 who have done this,” said Dr. Hugh Wirth, state president of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “It’s a pattern that we see throughout Australia and there's only one way to deal with it and that's jail."

Police have launched an investigation to identify Smokey’s attackers (many states in Australia have laws banning and punishing animal cruelty). Meanwhile, the sweet-natured cat is back home with Dunn and her children (above), who marvel at Smokey’s resilience—he not only survived the horrific attack but somehow managed to find his way back home with only one eye. Police say Smokey is expected to recover from his injuries.

15 comments:

Gattina said...

What a horrible story ! these people who did this are not humans, they should be locked away and forgotten without food and water ! Unfortunately cruelty towards animals exist in the whole world.

Angel and Kirby said...

We just do not understand how any one can hurt an animal. Purrs go out to Smokey.

Cheyenne -Millie said...

That is terrible how some humans can be so mean!

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

I am shocked beyond words over this! There is a special place in hell where there kind of sub humans will suffer forever.
I watched 'Rescue Ink' this evening and would love to have those guys visit the ones who did this!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

That is heart breaking. I hope they catch who did this and I am glad that Smokey is home and safe.

Bruce said...

This type of human behavior really scares me:(

SeaThreePeeO said...

Sickening! What is wrong with the human race? Being bored or unemployed is no excuse to cause suffering to living animal!

We wish Smokey a full and speedy recovery!

Alasandra said...

Poor Smokey we are heart sick humans could be so mean. WE are purring for his full recovery and the the mean humans are JAILED for a very long time. ~S,S,C & F

The Monkeys said...

That is so terrible! We hope they catch the people that did this to poor Smokey!

Anonymous said...

I would of never seen this story except I have the same name as the owner & have Google alerts sent to me daily. I love kitties & am saddened to hear that any person could do this. These stupid people should pick on something their own size. Don't know what they are trying to prove by hurting a smaller innocent animal except that they are morons. Glad Smokey is home recovering...many prayers sent to Smokey & his family Aloha Liz Dunn Hawaii

Daisy said...

Poor Smokey! I am so glad he was able to make his way home to his family. And I hope the person who did this horrifying thing to him will be caught and punished.

The Island Cats said...

Humans can be really sick...we hope the vile human that did this is caught and punished to the full extent of the law...and we hope Smokey is okay...

Eric and Flynn said...

We were sickened by the senseless cruelty. We hope Smokey makes a good recovery. We also hope whoever did it is caught and gets a long jail term.

Everycat said...

Poor Smokey, what a hideous thing to happen. I hope the ******s who did this are caught and punished. Trapping cats in cages and shooting them has been an issue in Australia for a while - it's borne of the misguided fear that feral cats decimate wildlife - it's humans decimating wildlife by using pesticides/herbicides and destroying habitats. As usual it's cats that end up being blamed.

We are sick of humans getting it wrong.

Whicky Wuudler

Amy and The House of Cats said...

People who do things like this deserve to be treated the way they treated the poor animals they hurt. They aren't human, they are scum.