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Monday, Sep 30, 2002County: Androscoggin
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Sasha has been blinded by BB's and last December he survived eating rat poison. Wanda Klemanski, the cat's owner, says "He's feeling his way now, but he still tries to get out. He's a mouser, and he likes to roam the neighborhood. But I don't think I'm going to let that happen."
Another one of Klemanski's cats died in December after it ate rat poison. It was after the first cat died, she found Sasha was ill, took him to a vet and he had also eaten some of the rat poison. It took two blood transfusions and several months of medication before Sasha survived. Klemanski was awarded damages in a civil suit to help pay her veterinary bill. A criminal animal cruelty charge against the neighbor is still outstanding.
One of Klemanski's neighbors admitted to placing cat food laced with rat poison in his yard. He claimed he only wanted to keep the cats from digging in his yard.
The BB shots which were above the cat's eyes has caused him to lose his sight in both eyes. It is not known who shot the cat with BB's. Sasha was found wounded in a neighbor's yard. Klemanski said, "He had blood all over his face." The cat had been shot three times, once just above each eye and in his side.
- Associated Press - Nov 30, 2002
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