Gloria, the badly injured cat abandoned by the ASPCA to die at New York City’s Animal Care and Control who was saved by Pets Alive had surgery yesterday to remove her leg, and now we know a little more. The surgery went very well and she is recovering nicely at the vet – she’s as tough as she is sweet.
Here’s an x-ray of Gloria’s leg pre-surgery.
Now, I don’t know about 50, but this is only one angle and there are a lot of bone chips in there. No matter the exact number, that is one horrible, extreme, exceeding painful break. More importantly, the surgeon who removed her leg was able to estimate the age of the break based on new bone growth; he says that the break is at least a month old.
So the ASPCA had Gloria when her leg was broken, probably freshly at the time. Again I ask: are they incompetent, or are they criminal? Her leg was almost certainly shattered when they had her, did they not examine her? When she was left at their mobile clinic with vets sitting just feet away, did they think to ask themselves why she might be there? How long did they have her? Did they know about her horrific injury and fail to inform Animal Control when they left her there?
And then there’s New York City Animal Care & Control – she had two medical checks there. They caught her URI; a good thing, since she got it from their disease-ridden facility – but both medical checks completely missed this shattered leg. How is the vet – or vets – who did these checks still allowed to practice veterinary medicine? Was she looked at by a vet at all, or are things so bad at AC&C that low wage vet assistants are now performing medical examinations and prescribing drugs, too?
This is the sad state of the leading animal welfare agencies in New York City. The following appeared in the ASPCA’s Twitter stream today:
The ASPCA lies about caring about the animals of New York City, and they sent Gloria to suffer while waiting to be killed at the hands of New York City Animal Care & Control – saved by Pets Alive from the kill lists.