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Case ID: 19060
Classification: Burning - Caustic Substance
Animal: cat
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Friday, Dec 16, 2011

Disposition: Open
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A shocked Mordialloc family will consider moving after their cat was left for dead with chemical burns.

Owner and veterinary nurse Louise Cook was told Spotty was trapped in a cage and doused with an unknown chemical.

"I was horrified when I first saw her ... she smelt strongly of a chemical, her face was all swollen and her eyes swollen shut. I didn't think it could get any worse," Ms Cook said.

Four days later it did. The skin on Spotty's face, chest and legs peeled off, consistent with serious burns.

"I've been in the veterinary industry for 20 years and have never seen anything like this before."

The two-year-old cat was taken to the pound on December 16 with pus seeping from her nose and face after a White St resident alerted Kingston Council to Spotty's capture.

"We can't believe someone could be walking the streets capable of doing this in our area," Ms Cook said.

"We let her out in the morning (December 15) and she didn't come home, which was a bit strange."

Kingston Council has interviewed a person of interest and is investigating the matter.

Kingston's cat curfew states that all cats must be confined to a property from sunset to sunrise.

"We're considering moving because we're so mortified someone could do this to our beloved pet," Ms Cook said.

She feared Spotty could lose the sight in her right eye and have trouble walking.

The RSPCA warned against residents taking matters into their own hands regarding animal cruelty.

"If people are concerned they should contact their local authorities to ensure the most effective and humane method of control is used," senior inspector Simon Primrose said.


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