Op-ed: What is it with animal cruelty? Is the number of moronic thugs that get pleasure out of the pain of animals on the increase or is it just 24/7 rolling news highlighting such cases?
Either way Tuesday we reported on the torture of tiny pup Chunky and a petition for stricter animal cruelty laws in the UK and Wednesday we carry another horrific story of abuse.
Two kittens were found dumped in a wet cardboard box in London; they were starving hungry, flea ridden and had sustained injuries - they had bleeding sores, broken bones and paws had been sliced off!
What type of monster or monsters does such cruel acts to tiny, young animals?
If and when the attackers are apprehended what sort of justice will they face?
Will any sentences be appropriate or inadequate?
Staff at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust Clinic, in Canning Town East London, named the kitties Luke and Skywalker after favourite Star Wars characters after they arrived in their care.
The images and details of injuries are graphic and should not be reported too strongly in case there are copycat attacks, no pun intended.
Sadly details of injuries and cruelty to people and animals can feed the minds of thugs and morons.
But the injuries are worth noting if only to highlight the suffering these two little kittens endured and just how cruel some people can be.
The Daily Mirror reports "Little Skywalker was found to be suffering from a broken back, while the thugs had sliced off Luke's tail and the bottom of his feet - leaving him without any toes or pads."
Cat's feet are very sensitive and the pain must have been excruciating.
"Staff found Skywalker was barely able to walk, and X rays revealed he had suffered a spinal injury. And they discovered Luke's toes on his back feet and the end of his tail had been severed, and he had lost the pads on both back feet, along with his toes."
"Celia Hammond, who founded the trust, said: "They have already suffered so much in their short lives but, you only have to look at their little faces, watch their happiness when they play and hear them purr when cuddled to know they deserve this chance. "They were in such a terrible state; we were not quite sure which way it was going to go. "It was very upsetting; I just don't know how that could have happened. They have been in intensive care, but they are recovering."
And the good news is that for all the cruel heartless people who inflict suffering on animals, and sometimes, human British people can be and usually some of the most generous in the world.
Donations have been flooding in to the Trust Clinic to help fund the care of Luke and Skywalker.
Since brought into the treatment centre in January donations of £4,500 were quickly made. This week with mainstream media publicity highlighting the case hopefully the sky will be the financial limit.
Hours after the £4,500 total the East London advertiser reported that donations had passed the £7,000 mark.
The kitties have undergone surgery more than once and then there are costs such as X Rays, pain relief and physio. The feline brothers will also need reconstructive surgery.
If donations soar the Trust Clinic will be able to use the money to further their great work.
The kittens are reportedly doing well and remain loving and friendly which is surprising but not entirely a good thing. It will however make rehoming easier.
To make a donation for Luke and Skywalker’s treatment, visit the charity’s Just Giving page.
At time of writing the total raised is ££11,234.44.
More and graphic images at the Daily Mirror here
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