The search continues for the person who dumped a cat on an Illinoisan roadside during a freezing snow storm and left it there to die.
By Published on 4 Feb 2019
To leave a cat outside on a cold winter’s night is not a sensible way to carry on. But it was the decision of an unknown owner to do so, presumably in the misguided hope that the cat would survive the night (or perhaps such a thing didn’t matter).
Donald Czyzyk, an employee of Happy Tails Human Society was the first to find the cat. While driving to work in the morning he spotted a cat crate near to the entrance of the shelter. It had been almost completely buried in snow in the wake of a snowplough.
To his horror Czyzyk noticed the crate was occupied by a one year old shorthaired cat, but only the cat’s ear could be seen above the compacted snow inside.
Czyzyk rushed the crate to the shelter and began to scoop out the remaining snow. The animal that emerged was a sorry sight, and it was a moment that Czyzyk won’t forget in a hurry. ‘She was soaking wet and cold,’ Czyzyk later told The Dodo.
Fortunately the cat seemed relatively unharmed by the ordeal and had no visible injuries. But had Czyzyk not seen the crate on the roadside and acted with such urgency, the outcome for the animal would have been bleak.
Happy Tails cared for the cat for a short time and nicknamed him ‘Winter’ before putting him up for adoption. It wasn’t long until a family approached the shelter to ask about the prospect of rehoming him.
Czyzyk and the team agreed to release Winter from their care. ‘She is going to a home with a very nice married couple and one dog, who the shelter has personally known for many years,’ Czyzyk said.
Happy Tails Humane Society is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of the owner.