Cat abandonments on the rise

Concerns are growing over the number of cats being abandoned in Charlie Lake.

In one case, the North Peace SPCA says six cats were left in a wire cage at the Mile 54 boat launch, and smelled of urine and feces. In another, a cat was found at the Montney Park boat launch missing parts of her tail, and both of its ears lost to frostbite. The cat was likely pregnant too, but lost her litter to malnutrition, the SPCA said.

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The cats are being cared for and will be put up for adoption. But the SPCA urged pet owners to seek help from local rescue groups if they can no longer take care of their animals.

“Given the volume of animals dropped off at our shelter we always encourage people to try to rehome their pets themselves if they can, but the SPCA is always here as a safety net for animals if people need help,” said shelter manager Candace Buchamer.

“There is no excuse for abandoning a helpless animal to fend for themselves against predators, accidents, starvation or disease. Not only it is cruel, it is also against the law.”

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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