POQUOSON, Va. (WAVY) – PETA has offered a $5,000 award to find those responsible for abusing a woman’s cat.
Lisa Gibson said she discovered Cloud Paw, her 4-year-old cat, nearly paralyzed outside of her home in the 1400 block of Poquoson Avenue.
“He couldn’t come, he was covered in urine, he looked just like he was going to die,” said Gibson, who spent days searching for Cloud Paw.
On Mar. 24, she finally found him, and rushed the cat to the Seaford Veterinary Medical Center.
“It is definitely a case of animal cruelty,” said Dr. Elizabeth Leonard.
Based on his wounds, Cloud Paw could not have been hit by a vehicle or attacked by another animal, according to Leonard. She believes someone held the cat from his tail while kicking his abdomen.
“This is just heinous,” Leonard said. “These injuries are life-threatening.”
Cloud Paw’s nerves are severely damaged, if not severed. Leonard suspects the latter, but only a CT scan or MRI can determine that for certain.
Gibson has set up an online fundraiser to help pay for the test and related medical expenses. Cloud Paw will likely need to have most, if not all, of his tail removed. He can no longer urinate on his own, and if the nerves surrounding his bladder are in fact severed, he will never be able to.
“It breaks my heart that someone would need to do something like this,” Gibson said. “We just need to be aware of our surroundings and we need to watch our animals and our children.”
Gibson hopes the abuser will come forward. She’s contacted police and Newport News Animal Control.
“People that torture animals are tortured souls and they are just manifesting their illness upon the innocent,” Gibson said.
She and her family have had Cloud Paw since he was born. She describes him as a loving cat, even despite his injuries.
Dr. Leonard agrees, “He’s such a lovely cat… the sad thing is, he probably went right up to the person.”
Gibson said she does not want to put Cloud Paw down. She told 10 On Your Side that the cat is improving each day, walking on his own and purring. She is right now learning to manually relieve the cat’s bladder, something she will need to do up to three times per day, going forward.
“We’re just hoping for the best for him,” she said.