Animal rescuers discover cat left to die in Dubai

The cat has been given a slim chance of survival after being found tied to a brick in Dubai Investments Park

Hero, the cat, was discovered tethered to a brick in Dubai Investments Park on Monday. Courtesy: Vaughn Hugo
Hero, the cat, was discovered tethered to a brick in Dubai Investments Park on Monday. Courtesy: Vaughn Hugo

Rescuers spoke of their shock after saving a cat that was tied to a brick and left to die in Dubai.

The abandoned cat, which was curled up in a corner with its head resting on a dirty old feeding tray, was close to death when it was discovered in Dubai Investments Park on Monday.

Its paw was tightly wrapped in a strip of plastic connected to a brick.

The cat was found by a man who works in the area. He initially thought the animal was dead.

“Coming closer I saw he was still breathing and I lifted his head,” said Vaughn Hugo, 30, from South Africa.

“I took the rope off the paw, tried to give him water but he didn’t want to do anything.”

A vet said the cat was severely dehydrated with a high fever, a broken tail and a bad infection in its mouth. Courtesy: Alena Smirnova
A vet said the cat was severely dehydrated with a high fever, a broken tail and a bad infection in its mouth. Courtesy: Alena Smirnova

He asked a Facebook group for help and a rescuer arrived within minutes to take the cat to the vet.

“The cat couldn’t move,” said Alena Smirnova, 36, from Russia.

“I had to hold the head of the cat. It was not moving, so we put him into the box. He did not react, which is very rare for a stray cat.”

The cat was examined by the vet and was found to be severely dehydrated with a high fever, a broken tail and a bad infection in its mouth.

The vet said the first 24 hours were critical and gave the cat a slim chance of survival.

“I went back to the area today because I wanted to get more details,” Ms Smirnova said.

“But it seemed that yesterday the cat went to one of the warehouses and it was already in that condition.

“It seems the cat was tied yesterday. The reason for this is unknown.”

She said she hoped to rehome the cat if it survived.

This month a cat died after being shot with an air gun in Abu Dhabi, while others were wounded in an apparent spate of attacks.

Animal abuse is a crime in the UAE and carries heavy penalties.

Anyone found guilty of abusing or illegally hunting, buying or selling animals faces a fine of Dh200,000 ($54,460) and a one-year prison sentence under Federal Law 18, issued in 2016.

Members of the public can report possible cases of cruelty through the official Ministry of Climate Change and Environment portal.

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Published: April 28, 2021 08:00 AM

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