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Heartless owner abandons cat where he thinks no-one will find her

A woman working at a New York animal shelter made a heart wrenching yet life-changing discovery one night as she was walking her dog on the streets. 

By Justine Seraphin

Published on the 21/09/2020, 10:00

In November 2018, a young woman named Moira was walking her dog on the streets of New York when she made a shocking discovery.

Her dog seemed to be extremely interested by a sort of plastic barrel that had been discarded on the side of the street. Curious to know what was making her dog so interested, she approached the barrel and took a look inside.

What’s hiding in the bucket?

And there, looking straight back at her, was a big cat eye of a vivid green colour. Moira immediately understood what had taken place here. The cat had been shoved through the tiny hole and left to die in the barrel  - the owner probably hoping that she would never be found.

The 3-year-old tabby was taken to the Animal Haven shelter and given some food and a warm place to sleep. Though she wasn’t hurt, she was terrified of people and acted out aggressively as a result.

Rehabilitating a nervous cat

Luckily, Sage, as she was renamed, fell into the right hands. We’re confident she got the rehabilitation and tender loving care she so desperately needed!

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