Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Unknown cat shot

Cranbrook, British Columbia

April 21, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse


1 cat Open


On the eve of B.C.’s Animal Abuse Prevention Day, the SPCA is looking for the people responsible for cruelty against a cat.

The agency is hoping the public can help solve an animal cruelty case in B.C.’s East Kootenay region, where a horribly injured cat was found by the side of the highway near Cranbrook.

The cat, named Nelson for Willie Nelson’s song Highwayman, was found suffering 7 pellet shot wounds – all embedded into its head -- and had a huge gash across its neck. “The vet says the wounds in his neck appear as though someone actually tried to cut his head off,” said Brenna Baker, manager of the East Kootenay SPCA branch.

Photo courtesy of the BC SPCA The pellets were surgically removed from his head but he still requires extensive dental surgery because many of his teeth were shot and broken.

No suspects have been identified.

The SPCA is looking for information that will lead to charges. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-855-622-7722. “It is important that people understand that animal cruelty is not acceptable and those who inflict pain and suffering on animals will be brought to justice,” Senior animal protection officer Kathy Woodward said (BC SPCA)

April 23rd marks Animal Abuse Prevention Day in B.C., and the BC SPCA is asking British Columbians to take action by signing a pledge and reporting animals in distress. The agency asks for pet owners to commit to being responsible animal guardians and to choose SPCA-certified food products, produced without cruelty to animals. The annual observance was started in 2011 as a memorial to the 56 sled dogs that were slaughtered in Whistler.

The SPCA investigates nearly 8,000 complaints of animal neglect and abuse annually and relies heavily on donations from the public.

Update 6/11/14:
Nelson is recovering nicely at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch. He was also extremely emaciated, but thanks to the love and care from BC SPCA staff and volunteers and local veterinarian Dr.Uli Helvoigt, Nelson is gaining weight and getting better every day.

Photo courtesy of the BC SPCA “He is the most loving animal I have ever met. He was very frightened in the first few weeks but he soon warmed up to everyone,” says shelter manager Brenna Baker.

“He has had a rough go but is well on his way to recovery. If I let him, he would stay rolled up in a ball snuggled into me all day long.”


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