Snowy, the cat who was tied up with an electrical cord, tortured, severely burned and his left ear cut off is finally back at home after a year of treatment.
The animal abuse case that caused a public outcry still remains unsolved, but for Snowy, things are improving. One of Snowy’s family members, Sana, says her family is amazed at Snowy’s recovery and effort that’s gone into Snowy’s treatment.
‘We are eternally grateful to everyone involved,’ says Sana. ‘Snowy is back to smooching and running around the house as normal and his appetite is still as good as ever.’
After hearing about the abuse, people donated thousands of dollars towards Snowy’s veterinary treatment according to RSPCA NSW Inspector Skye Adams. ‘The overwhelming response for Snowy’s case was incredible,’ she says.
Snowy was cared for by the RSPCA and the Animal Referral Hospital (ARH) in Homebush, New South Wales. ARH veterinary surgeon Dr Sarah Goldsmid says during the past 10 months, Snowy had several operations on his skin, as well as skin grafts to close the skin over his back legs and chest that were affected by burns. Dr Goldsmid says performing skin grafting surgery on Snowy was challenging because he hardly had any good skin left to replace the burned skin, and she had to rely on burned skin from other parts of the body.
‘Now, Snowy’s body is covered with beautiful, white fur, but he’ll never have fur on his nose or hair on his eyelids,’ Dr Goldsmid says. But this doesn’t seem to bother Snowy. ‘When we change the bandages, Snowy gets excited as he loves his grooming time when the bandages are off,’ says Dr Goldsmid.
What amazed the ARH and RSPCA staff was not just Snowy’s remarkable healing from the horrific injuries, but the way he handled the recovery.
‘He’s the most affectionate cat you’d ever want to meet,’ says Inspector Adams. ‘His personality got him through this. He’s very trustworthy and always happy to see people, even after what he’s been through.’
There’s been no justice for Snowy yet as the person/s responsible hasn’t been caught.
‘I’ve been an inspector for nine years,’ says Inspector Adams, ‘and when it’s intentional, we can’t stomach it. I can never shake off deliberate acts of cruelty.’
The RSPCA and NSW Police are appealing to anyone with information which may assist this investigation to contact the RSPCA on 02 9770 7555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.