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Case ID: 17474
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat
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Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011

County: Clackamas

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Anthony Glenn Johnson

A transient who regularly frequents Oregon City was cited for leashing a cat in a locked storage unit without food or water. The cat, which was starving, remains blind but otherwise seems to be recovering from its ordeal.

Anthony Glenn Johnson, 55, was ordered to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on March 21 to face charges of first-degree animal neglect and second-degree animal neglect. Meanwhile, Johnson is free on his own recognizance.

First-degree animal neglect is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $6,250 fine. Second-degree animal neglect is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

David Lytle, an Oregon Humane Society spokesman, said the cat, a male orange tabby, has been named Milagro -- "Miracle," in Spanish -- for surviving against the odds. Humane Society veterinarians estimated that the cat had been without food for three to four weeks and suffered several head wounds while trying to escape the rope that trapped him under a shopping cart.

"He's doing better every day," Lytle said. "But he's still blind. They think he may recover his sight in time, but it could be permanent."

Milagro, estimated at 3- to 4-years-old, was found Feb. 9 entangled in what appeared to be a makeshift leash, which was tied to a shopping cart inside a unit at Money Saver Mini Storage, 1197 Molalla Ave. The storage facility manager discovered the cat after hearing it crying inside a locked unit.

The cat appeared lifeless when seized by Humane Society Investigator Austin Wallace.

"We are very glad the management of this facility called the Oregon Humane Society," Wallace said. "This cat was close to death, and their phone call probably saved his life.

Lytle said Milagro remains in the Humane Society's Holman Medical Center, where he has been placed on an intravenous drip and is receiving small amounts of food several times a day. He said the cat is regaining weight, but still is underweight.

Lytle said the veterinary staff has not yet approved Milagro for adoption.


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