Humane society investigates dumped cats
OAKVILLE - An Oakville woman who found two abandoned Persian cats along Indian Ridge Trail in two days this week is hopeful whoever is responsible will be caught soon.
TROUBLING FINDS: One of the two abandoned Persian cats found earlier this week by Oakville’s Beth Koreska. The local resident found two cats in two days while walking her dogs along Indian Ridge Trail earlier this week. The cats were found curled in a ball and not moving. Koreska later learned this breed, when faced with cold temperatures will usually curl up, not move and eventually starve.
An Oakville woman who found two abandoned Persian cats along Indian Ridge Trail in two days this week is hopeful whoever is responsible will be caught soon.
Beth Koreska was walking her dogs — Duke, a chocolate Lab, and Max, a golden retriever — along the western portion of the trail, located between Third Line and Fourth Line, just north of the QEW, Monday morning when her dogs made the discovery.
“Both dogs ran up the side of this hill and stopped and when I looked, there was this bright white, orange and black puffball on the side of the hill,” said Koreska.
“I was yelling at the dogs to get away and the thing just sat there, didn’t move, didn’t meow or anything.”
Koreska soon realized what she was seeing was a Persian cat curled up in a ball. Initially, Koreska said she wasn’t sure if the cat was alive or dead, but then it opened its eyes and stared up at her.
“Then it started meowing and meowing, it was just yelling and at first I wanted to collect this cat and put it in my sweater or something, it was freezing. There was frosty grass all around, it was so cold,” she said.
“I just felt so awful about this.”
While Koreska said she has no idea how long the cat was outdoors, she noted the cat’s fur was severely matted.
Koreska called her husband, who in turn, called the Oakville & Milton Humane Society and provided them with her location. Within a few minutes Koreska said a humane society employee was on the scene and gently collected the cat.
Koreska said the employee informed her that the cat was behaving normally, stating when a Persian cat is lost outside and cold, it becomes immobile and will basically wait until it is rescued or starves to death.
With the cat taken to the humane society, Koreska thought the cat’s owner would be located and the ordeal would be over, however, when she walked through the same area the following day at about the same time, her dogs discovered a second Persian cat.
Despite being thoroughly sniffed by two large dogs, this cat, like the first, did not move causing Koreska to believe it was frozen solid.
“I moved the hay grass out of the way and it looked at me. I took my sweater off and wrapped it up because it was freezing,” she said.
“When I held it, the poor thing was just shivering and purring at the same time. I felt so awful. Who would do this?”
Again, Koreska called the humane society and a representative soon arrived to take the cat the Cornwall Road shelter.
Koreska said she later learned numerous other Persian cats have been abandoned in the same area over the last three years.
The Oakville & Milton Humane Society would not confirm any previous cases of abandonment in the area when asked by The Oakville Beaver , but did say it is investigating to determine where the cats, discovered Monday and Tuesday, came from.
Humane Society spokesperson Brenda Dushko said both cats are doing well in the care of the shelter.
Koreska said she is hopeful that raising awareness of what is happening along the Indian Ridge Trail will bring an end to these sad discoveries she is making, particularly in the winter time when the cats have next to no chance of survival unless discovered quickly.
“I think it’s so disgusting,” said Koreska.
“I think it’s cruel and inhumane. There are coyotes in that area and these cats are defenceless and can’t move, plus they are screaming and crying. They’re alerting the coyotes exactly to where they are and if they don’t get eaten, they’ll freeze to death. It’s just so awful.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakville & Milton Humane Society at 905-845-1551.
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