• 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments

Recent comments

  • carol
    February 14, 2014 - 18:10

    I think its terrible the way people use animals they depend on use to feed,shelter and love them that was taken away from this cat but animals are strong and he will get through this with your help thankyou for caring for this cat

  • Corriinea Jones
    July 15, 2013 - 09:21

    Saddened to think that there are humans that would do this sort of thing to a helpless animal. I couldn't bring myself to look at the picture or read the article but the heading was enough for me to cry. I heard this on the radio last week and was sickened. God Bless

  • Matt
    July 14, 2013 - 11:00

    Not only person should be charged as most comment from everyone but the torture of an animal is a big indicator of someone developing a psychopathic personality disorder... which is often being diagnosed to serial killer and arsonists. Might be good to have him (if cought) sent to the waterford for some treatments ( hopefully stay permanently there). I am trying to be realistic and most of you following the news in this province knows that people getting charged for animal cruelty don't get a whole lot from the justice system; usually the fine is what Judges are going for but barely any Jail time for those offender unfortunately.

  • Karissa Day
    July 13, 2013 - 20:11

    People wonder why I really hate a lot of the ways of this province. Because of this. I know animal cruelty is a thing everywhere, but this province is known for it, and it's not acceptable in any way. I don't care how vicious a cat it, or how loudly adog barks. You have no right to lay a hand on that animal, and you are no more worthy of life than these animals.

  • Joanne
    July 12, 2013 - 20:38

    So sickened by this story... This helpless little cat did not deserve this... No animal does... How cruel can a Human being be?? It's so scary to know a monster like this lives amongst us.... Karma will make this horrible excuse for a person pay.......

  • Leah
    July 12, 2013 - 20:08

    I wrote my previous post a few minutes ago before reading most of these other postings. A sincere heartfelt huge "thank you" Gwen, for assuring those who do care that Sona will NOT be returning to the community of Mainland, where the possibly of her being abused again by the individual who has the stinking, stupid, incomprehensible attitude that animals feel no pain. This knowledge gives me a little iota of peace. Is it possible to have a follow-up on Sona when she goes to a new loving home? My heart longs to have her in my home with me!

  • Leah
    July 12, 2013 - 19:46

    If Sona is returned to Mainland, as some residents want, will she be going to a specific home as a pet to be loved and cared for, as well as being able to afford her future Vet bills? Oh my heavens, if only I could afford to take her, she'd have more love and comfort than words can describe, only actions, which she more than deserves. Who in their right mind would believe that an animal doesn't feel pain? Even someone with mental challenges can realize that if you kick a helpless cat, dog, or any animal, it will cry out in pain. I certainly hope that whoever did such unbelievable, absolutely heartless acts will be found and punished.. I am a senior citizen at home all day alone; oh how I wish I was able to adopt her. I would bring such joy into her life, and well as she would in mine.

  • CONFUSED RESIDENT OF MAINLAND
    July 12, 2013 - 19:36

    Okay, I'm confused. I live in Mainland and have never seen the cat we are now referring to as SONA and a "community cat". Nor have I ever witnessed an animal in my community with such injuries. Some of the comments I have read make the residents of Mainland sound like cruel people who condone animal abuse. Perhaps the person who Gwen is referencing throughout the article should be identified and interviewed, THEY SAID - THEY BELIEVE - THEY WANT THE CAT BACK - such comments should never be printed...who are THEY? I certainly haven't asked to have the cat returned to Mainland seeing as I didn't even know SONA existed. Such generalizations add stigmas to people and places. I, like the rest of you, am appauled by this alleged act of cruelty, but find it completely unfair to condem an entire population for the possible act of one person. Thank you Gwen for assisting with this rescue, but we also have to remember that some residents of Mainland were also of assistance. Unfortunately, I do not agree with making a comment in a newspaper article such as this one: "They’re saying (that she was a community animal) but this cat was too friendly," this is clearly speculation and who exactly are they? It surely wasn't me! How do we know for sure that this was animal cruelty. I mean, could SONA have been attacked by another animal seeing as there are wild dogs in this area who have attacked and slaughtered large farm animals? The following comment is somewhat of a contradiction: “They managed to clean out the one eye where the eye was actually gone, and they got that stitched up, but the pellets or whatever it is, are still embedded deep inside,” Samms said. “They’re not sure yet if they can even remove the pellets.” Is it pellets or not? I have also read a comment Gwen made on the SCAPA Facebook page that again screams speculation, "many of us agree that Sona being shot in both eyes was no fluke, we believe that someone must have held her head while someone else shot her in both eyes." Who are US? Is it certain that the cat was shot with pellets? Are we now adding a second perpetrator? Could there in fact be something else embedded in her eye? Did SONA actually originate from Mainland? Is it fair to to say that she was at one point owned by a person or family and then abandoned by them? How can you know for sure...because she was friendly? I want to finish by saying that this is truly sad and people do need to be aware that animal cruelty is wrong and should carry harsh penalties. I want to add that saying the people of Mainland are "idiots" who believe that "animals don't feel pain" is absurd. Comments should be clarified and attached to the person who stated them...not tagged with he said, shesaid, they said, we feel, us, him, her, the community, the people,........... I am also wondering how much SONA's surgeries will actually cost? I noticed that alot of people are contributing items to auction and donating money for her. Will all this money be used for SONA's medical care?

  • LDT
    July 12, 2013 - 14:11

    Has the person who wished for the animal to be left alone, who said it isn't in any pain, being questioned as a suspect? Seems kind of twisted and suspicious to me. I have 3 beautiful cats, if anybody touched them I would have to reciprocate in kind.....

  • yo mama
    July 12, 2013 - 13:55

    Bring back asswhoopings...problem solved.

  • Lori-Anne
    July 12, 2013 - 13:25

    I hope whoever did this to that poor cat will be found and charged! The penalties for such animal cruelty acts are not stiff enough. There should be a hefty fine as well as a jail term in such severe cases as this one! Sickens me that someone would think that animals can't feel pain. What is wrong with people?

  • Gloria
    July 12, 2013 - 13:21

    I cannot believe someone is crazy enough to that with an cat .it just as to do it with a human. I would make this person pay.

  • Doesitmatter?
    July 12, 2013 - 12:29

    The article is a shoddy piece of journalism. Rebekah Ward and The Telegram have both allowed this to be publicized in a fashion that derides an entire community. "They're saying that", "out there", Members of the community have indicated": all of these phrases are open to interpretation. I ask you; Who is saying?, Where is out there? and Which members of the community?... Please be more precise and use vocabulary which is less conducive to conjuring up stereotypes of people of a community who have been stereotyped quite enough in the past... I theorize that many of your readers know to what I refer.

  • Mich
    July 12, 2013 - 12:00

    I just can't believe that someone would do such a thing to another living creature! The person who did this has to be SICK and will commit this type of crime against animals again. I'm sure the almost all of the residents of Mainland are good people and would never do such a thing. I can only hope that one person in Mainland has it in their heart to now come forward and tell the police who owns this cat or most importantly, who committed this horrible act. I'm from a small community and I know that someone down there knows what happened to this cat. Come forward and let the police make an example out of this person!

  • JudgeDreed
    July 12, 2013 - 11:58

    It's a small area,so it should not be hard to figure out how many have pellet guns and are firing them off in the general area,this needs to be put thru the courts and the maximum extent of the law needs to be applied,for any type of offence like this. In any case this person needs to turn themselves in and beg for forgiveness. Good luck on finding anyone who will do that!

  • Ken
    July 12, 2013 - 11:48

    They have to find out who did this and hold them accountable! Shockingly inhumane! Please repost this story everywhere you can, Facebook, Twitter, etc... Someone has to know who did this. I would like to see a reward offered for this info. I'd put some $ into a pot for it.

  • Sad
    July 12, 2013 - 11:05

    This is a horrendous act of cruelty. It is actually terrifying to know that such a monster is still roaming this community. People like this should be in a cell and not let out in public again.

  • somepeopleschildren
    July 12, 2013 - 10:51

    To intrigued by the comments are you actually going to try and start that conversation. Cows pigs chicken are part of a diet! They always have been and always will be its a way of life ! Cats and dogs are not! there pets and companions! They were never looked at as a food source and never will be!

  • iceman
    July 12, 2013 - 10:29

    my advice to the person who did this is to turn yourself in .....if some of the people on here catch you before the cops do it wont be good

  • Angela
    July 12, 2013 - 09:56

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated." - Gandhi. Animal Cruelty laws need to be strictly enforced and our people need to be educated to learn this is wrong. This is heartbreaking. Our Newfoundland is a wonderful place - lets not let anyone think any less of our beautiful province because we allow miss treatment of animals. This individual(s) must be brought to justice.

    • Cynic
      July 12, 2013 - 12:28

      "our people need to be educated to learn this is wrong" Oh, please! Our people know this is wrong. This is one idiot who needs to be put in his place. To suggets that the majority of the population needs to be "educated" in some way because of a few bad apples is an insulting over-reaction. The vast majority of the population is as shocked at this and feels as much sympathy for that cat as you do. Sorry to burst your animal evangelist bubble, but shock and concern at this report is not exactly a rarity, and you aren't some kind of special soul who needs to "educate" the rest of us just because you feel the same compassion for that animal as the majority of the population does.

  • Llewellyn
    July 12, 2013 - 09:55

    How do you shoot at the eye of a cat, see it run away or howl in pain, then still find it okay in your heart to shoot the other eye? Someone is a very sick individual and needs to be committed. Really. I feel unsafe knowing there are such deranged, sick and demented people afoot.

  • Llewellyn
    July 12, 2013 - 09:49

    Makes me wish we had eye-for-an-eye laws like Saudi Arabia.

  • Llewellyn
    July 12, 2013 - 09:47

    People believe that animals don't feel pain?!? What? I guess this is why we need mental institutions! How dumb can you be!

  • Mental Illness needs to be addressed.
    July 12, 2013 - 09:45

    Since we are talking about cruelty to animals and the senselessness of those cruel acts, we cannot forget that there are people who are abused in the same manner, as well. I cannot eject from my mind an incident that I read about and seen on National News that occurred in this country 4 years ago when a Medical Doctor killed his two children, who were mere toddlers. The article stated that he slashed his children to death with a knife, while the children were crying out for Daddy to Stop. Every month or so you read or hear of stories like this in our Newspapers. It is so Shocking I cannot understand why governments aren't getting their heads together to address the subject of Mental Illness. Obviously these people need attention long before they commit these crimes. It makes me feel so helpless to know that the people of this World are so depraved and commit such dastardly deeds, while there is no headway into stopping the carnage.

  • Glenda
    July 12, 2013 - 09:27

    I cannot even express the hurt and disbelief that I feel after reading this. It is appalling and an absolute disgracefully example of animal cruelty!! ...and for what?...to see if this demented person(s) can get away with it??!! I hope that this time the old saying 'what goes around, comes around' actually does happen...TWO FOLD!!! Lets hope that this person(s) is caught and tried to the fullest extent that the law can/should provide. BUT, the main objective right now is to focus on the welfare of Sona and try to prevent something like this from happening again...let's not give this demented criminal the attention that he/they crave...lets focus on the beautiful cat and how to keep these incidents to a minimum. What a lot of people don't realize is the importance of taking responsibility for their animals and having them spayed/neutered so that their communities do not become overrun with free roaming animals....If there are fewer free roaming animals, there is less chance of this type of cruelty happening. Yes, it can be expensive, but in the long run it is less expensive to feed one cat than it is to feed 20 and we all know that happens very quickly!! I truly believe that if enough wonderful National, Provincial and Local Animal Rescue Groups, along with good hearted community leaders and individuals pulled together, and applied for grants/funding from Major Pet Store and Pet Food Organizations that this problem could become better controlled. I am sure there are dedicated Veterinarians around the province who would be willing to provide low/no cost spay/neuter services if subsidized thru approved funding. After all, positive exposure like that might increase their daily customers!! Trap, Neuter and Return works great when dedicated individuals get involved and feral/friendly cats are 'fixed' and returned to where they were originally trapped. Backyards are no longer over run with kittens and seasonal mating/territory marking would cease, thus creating a calmer, quieter area for the cats and the people who live there. I KNOW first hand, because I have been a TRN volunteer since 2008 in NY where I now live. I also know/realize that this sounds like a long shot and months/ years away, but something like this has to begin somewhere and why not make it 'Sona's Quest'? Am I reaching too high????.....I don't think so !!!!!

  • miche
    July 12, 2013 - 09:25

    It is truly sickening and heartbreaking to see yet another animal treated not only like garbage but used as target practice. When in the name of god, will people start looking out for the welfare of animals and TEACHING people that it's NOT OK to abuse animals!! Our laws are a farce and I am ashamed of the people who write them!! Someone needs to wake those people up!! The media needs to keep showing a new abused animal every night as there are enough of them here on the island to show, that is for dam sure!! Wake up people and stop turning your backs on what your neighbours are doing! Too many animals are suffering!!

  • Anita
    July 12, 2013 - 08:06

    Me to Paula. It makes me so sad and cry inside how things like this can go on.

  • whenisenoughenough
    July 12, 2013 - 07:22

    It amazes me how these people want the cat returned and expect it to be! I don't care if you were feeding it or not! How can you see a animal like that and for one not think it feels pain which is one of the most stupidest idiotic comments I have ever heard and two not have a heart to help this poor thing! Its sickening!

  • whathappenedtohumanity
    July 12, 2013 - 07:17

    It is a proven fact that animals mainly cats have the same pain receptors humans have! So let this happen to you and see if you feel it! Some people are actually disgusting and ones who hurt animals need the same thing done to them !

  • Elaine
    July 11, 2013 - 22:18

    I am sick to my stomach of the abuse that innocent creatures have to endure from sick and selfish idiots. These people have to be found and sent for psychiatric assessments. Until the law realizes that this is unacceptable and sends the message strongly to those who do such cruel acts more animals I fear that I will read more of these abuse stories. Also, if you love your pets people, please keep them safe but not letting them roam. I love my dog too much to let it loose and I am a responsible pet owner. This story breaks my heart, but I hope that it recovers and finds a home where it will be forever taken care of and truly loved. No one has the right to do such a thing to an innocent animal.

  • Intrigued by the comments
    July 11, 2013 - 21:31

    This is a horrible thing to do to any animal and I have to agree with many of the comments that animal cruelty is terrible and people should be brought to justice on such a horrible crime. I think the person responsible is a special kind of cruel.... but I have to raise an issue with each and everyone one of you who are so quick to comment on this cruelty. Why is that you are so quick to take a stand on cruelty to specific animals we call pets but (I am willing to bet the majority of you) have no problem consuming animals almost daily. Do you think how pigs are treated is humane? What about chickens, cows etc....? Do any of you have ANY idea how animals that you eat every day are treated....and yes here in this province....the cruelty is almost unimaginable.... why don't you come to the defense of these poor creatures....because you look at a cat as a friend or a family animal....while you look at cows or pigs as food......it is intriguing that there appears to be no such thing as critical thinking in our population.

  • carmelital lambe
    July 11, 2013 - 20:44

    omg the story on the news was so hard breaking to watched ,it bought tears spilling down my face ,my god how can someone be so cruel , to do this to a beauiful cat , that just needed loving not to be cruified by someone who don't think about what they are doing ,they should be bought to justice ,i mean jail time for a long time,so this can be stopped for" SONA AND ALL OUR BEAUIFUL ANIMALS OUT THERE,TO HAVIEA BETTER LIFE

  • Skeptical Cynic
    July 11, 2013 - 20:39

    This is amongst the most brutish, barbaric behaviour I’ve ever heard of occurring in NL Members of that community want Sona retuned after her surgery? Why?? So those bloody louts can take more pot-shots at her? These individuals, whoever they are, are apparently cut form the same cloth as the likes of sick, twisted, psychopaths such as Jeffery Dahmer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahmer . For the safety of the community at large, I urge the RCMP to identify and charge whoever did this ASAP. And if this is the type of depraved activity and attitudes prevalent in Mainland NL, then that crowd is obviously in need of some kind of professional intervention.

  • Marshall
    July 11, 2013 - 20:20

    Thanks Kevin.

  • leah
    July 11, 2013 - 18:57

    I am outraged by what happened to this defensless cat and her kittens.by some dangerous person running around the community and to think that some idiot or seriously something wrong with the person who actually thinks that animals do not feel any pain-I cant believe this and to think that this person stills wants this cat to continue coming back to this community,unbelievable-to use this cat as a shooting target--thank God there is some good people out there like Kevin Cornect and Gwen Samms-good for you.

  • leah
    July 11, 2013 - 18:14

    This outrages me that someone could do this to a animal.Of course a animal feels pain-the person who argues againt this is a idiot or deffinately something wrong with him or her-seriously.The community wants the cat back-what for-to use it as a shooting target agin--something wrong here with this whole picture-NEVER give this cat back to the community-if it survives-put it up for adoption please--people please take care of your pets--there are dangerous people in your community-keep them in doors.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 12, 2013 - 12:26

      The article is a shoddy piece of journalism. Rebekah Ward and The Telegram have both allowed this to be publicized in a fashion that derides an entire community. "They're saying that", "out there", Members of the community have indicated": all of these phrases are open to interpretation. I ask you; Who is saying?, Where is out there? and Which members of the community?... Please be more precise and use vocabulary which is less conducive to conjuring up stereotypes of people of a community who have been stereotyped quite enough in the past... I theorize that many of your readers know to what I refer.

  • Pat LeBlanc
    July 11, 2013 - 17:18

    This is horrible and SCAPA is the only shelter that has given a good life, vet care and forever homes through adoptions to so many injured cats as a result of abuse. The idiots that want Sona returned 'after' the surgeries is not interested in helping with cost are they ??? Of course not, but Sona will not be returned to the Community . Bless her little heart, she will finally realize what life can be like . Bless you SCAPA ! Pat LeBlanc New Brunswick

  • Philly
    July 11, 2013 - 17:08

    scapa.sanctuary@gmail.com This is the address for the shelter that is taking care of this poor kitty. They accept paypal. Whoever did this is a future serial killer. The person responsible for this needs to be monitored for future safety....

  • Janice Higgins
    July 11, 2013 - 16:32

    if this was a "community cat" the community did a poor job of caring for her. I understand she was in the area for about 4 yrs. having litter after litter. The horrendous eye and paw must have been noticeable long before she was reported on SCAREDY CAT RESCUE fb group a few days ago. I cannot fathom people seeing this and not seeking help long ago. The cat wasn't very well cared for by Mainland residents, why think it any different if she was returned there. She's not in physical condition to live on her own being totally blind and facing leg amputation as well. She's going to have a tough job of it even in a home. Are the residents of Mainland stepping up to pay the bills for the cat they neglected? The community needs to step up to testify about the subhuman who did this to a living creature. With such a cruel person in their midst the ppl there should keep a close eye on their children, they may be the next targets of the monster!

  • Animal Advocate
    July 11, 2013 - 15:34

    What has not been mentioned in this news article..Sona also had her mouth beaten badly and her front leg has to most likely be amputated...and we do indeed have animal cruelty laws here..people can be fined up to $50,000. But the most I have seen people fined out in that area was $100..and that after many animals suffered..also another person left her dog in the ditch outside her house for days..extremely injured with broken legs.she was reported..Gwen Samms paid all the vet bills, thousands of dollars..when it went to court the owner got a $25 fine...all because we have only the RCMP to investigate and lay charges, not trained animal protection officers..the cities and towns wont pay for the course to train people...the abuse will continue sadly here in Newfoundland..and I will continue to help raise the funds for Scapa and all the other non kill shelters and rescuers...if anyone wants to make a donation for Sona please visit facebook Scapa no kill, no cage shelter to get information on how to donate for Sona...today she is purring for the first time after her surgery.

  • Paula
    July 11, 2013 - 14:16

    I have been following many cat rescue stories and i have to say this has got to be the worst case of abuse i have ever seen, i hope they catch the scum that done this to is beautiful animal...what i would like to say here, but i can't...get better sweet sona...

    • kathleen parsons
      July 11, 2013 - 17:32

      MY GOD WHAT KIND OF SICK PEOPLE ARE IN THIS WORLD TO DO THIS TO A HELPLESS CAT I HOPE THEY ARE FOUND SOON AND GET WHATS COMING TO THEM

  • Let's Stay Focused
    July 11, 2013 - 12:54

    Rather than making generalizations about the community of Mainland or anyone else, let's focus on raising the funds to have this cat treated and maybe raise enough so that a reward can be offered for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) who shot Sona. Better to focus on the individuals involved than to denigrate an entire community. Afterall, if it wasn't for some of the residents who saw her situation Sona would still be struggling to survive with her injuries. Donations and supporting the Facebook auction for Sona (search Sona and SCAPA to find it) are the best and most needed response at this time.

  • Shocking, Shocking, Shocking and Ever So Sad and Uncivilized.
    July 11, 2013 - 12:29

    Kevin Cornect Thanks for your Caring Spirit but this kind of cruelty does not only happen in Mainland it happens in everyplace in Canada and the World more often than we think. Since small Children's brains are kinder, if parents don't teach kindness to all living things, the alternative places to try and snuff this cruelty from the World are for Churches and for Schools from Kindergarten on. You can enact all the laws you want into being, but once some children have become juvenile and delinquent the laws won't matter, delinquent people do not adhere to laws. Kindness to every living thing needs to be taught outside the homes just in case the children were not taught it at home.

  • Jillian Dawe
    July 11, 2013 - 12:11

    Why are people so cruel!? :( I find it very disturbing that there are people all around us that are so heartless.

  • Kevin Cornect
    July 11, 2013 - 11:57

    My name is Kevin Cornect. I was with Gwen the day she came out to help get the cat. Before ANYBODY ELSE says the people of Mainland need to be educated think about this: Myself and my Girlfriend were the people who helped get the attention of the cat out to Gwen and other people on Facebook. I aided Gwen with trying to catch the cat from 3pm to 10pm, not to mention the hours I tried prior to Gwen coming out to assist me. The cat was friendly. Ive been feeding it for some time now, and so was my uncle. I have no idea where the cat originated from, all I know is we found the cat around our barn, we cared for the cat, and we are now doing our best to get the help it needs.

    • From Mainland
      July 11, 2013 - 17:44

      I too, am an animal lover. I own several dogs and I also feed stray cats who come around my house. Animal cruelty occurs everywhere. There are bad seeds in all pockets of society. There are many animals in this community who are very well treated and many people here leave food outside for stray cats and dogs. I am highly insulted that people would tar every person in this community with that same brush. I am saddened Sona had to experience such cruelty, and it is unfair and unacceptable to mark every person in the community as animal abusers. It would be like saying every person who drives a car is an impaired driver.

    • gord
      July 11, 2013 - 21:46

      Excellent spirit Mr Cornect, I commend you for your concern and compassion. Hopefully your good will inspire others on the peninsula. It's time for some help and a watch program. Thanks Gwen and helpers from central.

  • Kevin Cornect
    July 11, 2013 - 11:50

    My name is Kevin Cornect. I was with Gwen the day she came out to help get the cat. Before ANYBODY ELSE says the people of Mainland need to be educated think about this: Myself and my Girlfriend were the people who helped get the attention of the cat out to Gwen and other people on Facebook. I aided Gwen with trying to catch the cat from 3pm to 10pm, not to mention the hours I tried prior to Gwen coming out to assist me. The cat was friendly. Ive been feeding it for some time now, and so was my uncle. I have no idea where the cat originated from, all I know is we found the cat around our barn, we cared for the cat, and we are now doing our best to get the help it needs.

    • PETER L
      July 11, 2013 - 12:12

      Kevin, so nice to know that you cared for the cat, but it still remains that some sicko caused this cat so much pain. As well some other sicko said that animals don't feel pain, what an idiot that person was. If everyone was like you there would be no animal cruelty, and if you know who did this you should report them. The cat should not be returned to the community though unless someone make a home for it so it cannot happen again. Thank you for helping the cat, now all it needs is a good home.

    • seanoairborne
      July 11, 2013 - 15:34

      I know what you're talking about.Thank you for what you did!!I had a similar incident happen to me here in Houston last yr.A neighbor of mine threw a young cat out of his house.The cat would sit at my door and look up at me very time I went through the door.Almost as if she was asking me to take care of her.When this beauty threw the cat out it was pregnant and had crawled under the house next door.I got his live in GF to coax the cat over to her and took it in and have been taking care of it ever since.It had kittens about a month later and I wound up keeping one of them and turned the rest over to an animal shelter.About 4 months later she had one single kitten because she had run out the door when I wasn't paying attention and had a roll in the hay with a stray.I kept it too.It was a boy.I have all three cats living with me right now and I love the s**t out of them.PS I never owned a cat in my life but now I'm sorry I didn't .They're a hoot,and the guy that threw momma out in the first place was told, in no uncertain terms by yours truly ,that if he ever got another animal ,of any kind,and kicked it out I'd kick his nasty butt all up and down the street.He moved about a month later.Animals give a person unconditional love.If only people were the same we would be living in a truly better world!Thank you again for what you did!

  • Gwen Samms
    July 11, 2013 - 11:45

    I can assure EVERYONE that sweet innocent Sona wil NOT be going back to Mainland .The same person that said animals don't feel pain wants her returned back there and released back outside,this person said she is fine living outside.. . He said we were cruel to remove her from her outdoor life... NO Sona will NOT be going back there..

    • Jayne
      July 11, 2013 - 12:55

      Thank you Gwen for assuring all of us that Sona will not be returned to her outdoor life in Mainland. She deserves much more than that!

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 18:42

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 18:46

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 18:56

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 19:01

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 19:17

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 20:32

      I applaud you efforts, Gwen. You are a kind and generous person. Could you not simply have said that Sona will NOT be returning to any homeless environment. You imply that residents of Mainland, including myself, should not have pets.

  • WTH
    July 11, 2013 - 11:44

    Returned to the community! Ha!! With any luck someone will be charged and all the animals in that community should be taken from there. If one person can let this happen, no one in that community deserves to own an animal.

    • flange
      July 11, 2013 - 12:15

      What if it happened in your own community? Can't lump the good people that are caring for the cat, in with the bad.

    • doesitmatter
      July 11, 2013 - 18:55

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • WTH
      July 11, 2013 - 23:06

      I know one bad apple spoils the bunch and regardless of who fed her or gave her shelter, someone from that town did this to her. How is that fair? She is a cat, no voice of her own and I am sure her new life will be more comfortable than living in a barn with these types of injury's. Time for NL communities to speak out for those animals being abused. Time to stop the "old way' of thinking. unfortunately there are still many people young and old who believe animals are disposable. Flange: How do you know it's not my community? I still feel the same way. People don't have a clue when it comes to caring for animals in 2013

    • Catherine
      July 11, 2013 - 23:14

      Good for you Gwen. No way should this poor cat o back to living outside. I think she's HDTV enough outside. I met a similar nut a few days ago wants us to leave strays alone because they catch mice. Too bad. Poor Sona deserves a home, and animals feel pain, fear, loneliness, love, they feel much more then most people realize. I'd like to know who shot her! And how long has she been in this condition!? This state she's in took some time to fester, much too long! Very sad such apathy out there, very little compassion. Happens everywhere yes, but this particular case is very sad, just look at her, half a foot missing and all.

  • Citizen
    July 11, 2013 - 11:44

    There should be a minimal IQ required to own and use a gun or any kind. An IQ of 50 or less, as this perpetrator must have, is not high enough. When this moron is caught, I hope that jail time is used as a deterrent. Whoever did this is not as smart as this poor animal. Disgusting excuse for a human being. As for the cat being returned to Mainland...uhhhhh...hell no! Mainland residents - you need to turn in whoever did this.

  • Meg
    July 11, 2013 - 11:41

    I truly hope this animal finds a good home. The cruelty seen here and on many other occasions is just plain sickening.

  • WH
    July 11, 2013 - 11:38

    Gotta make animal cruelty laws tougher! Between media, facebook and word of mouth etc, someone has to know something. Spread the word so they can get this SOB and make him/her pay!!

  • Sick to death of these stories. They are very Shocking and Sad.
    July 11, 2013 - 11:38

    I'm wondering if the person who could do such a dastardly deed as this to a defenseless animal was treated like this at home? I sort of think there could be some correlation there! This story makes me feel so sick! Should the schools start teaching children how to treat everything and anything that is breathing? Maybe that is where we should start. Any suggestions?

  • Its Canada
    July 11, 2013 - 10:54

    Whoever gets caught for this will get slap on the wrist. Probably a fine. It's sad and things like this are a first step to doing seriously cruel things to other humans.

  • dob
    July 11, 2013 - 10:47

    Ya, just leave your pets at home!!!!!!!!!!!! Sickening.

  • J Earle
    July 11, 2013 - 10:41

    This is very disturbing as I am the owner of pets. There should be severe punishment for people who harm animals. I have cats and they are kept them inside to keep them from harm. People that harm animals would do the same to a person.

  • lyly
    July 11, 2013 - 10:39

    I can assure you that there is no way in hell that this beautiful sweet cat will be returned to the community ! A home will be found for her and she will be loved and she will discover that not all humans are cruel (I am watching my language here...)

  • Comment
    July 11, 2013 - 10:17

    This animal cruelty has to stop!! As for this person who argued that animals do not feel pain, what in the world is his IQ?? Seriously! There is way too much cruelty in this province and these "people" and I use that term lightly do not have any compassion whatsoever for living creatures and it is purely sick how they get their thrills from pain and suffering of an animal.

  • PETER L
    July 11, 2013 - 10:13

    What kind of idiot today thinks that animals feel no pain? Are they serious? That cat should not be returned to the community without knowing the owner and knowing that the owner did not cause the ijuries. And what kind of beast would do this to a kitten, just horrible!!!

  • Concerned
    July 11, 2013 - 10:09

    Wow, are the people of Mainland really that ignorant? I think that community needs an education intervention, sounds like they don't have any intelligent thoughts whatsoever. This is an incredible story not only of severe animal cruelty, but of severe stupidity. I pray that this animal is not sent back to that place.

    • david
      July 11, 2013 - 14:00

      Yes..let's vilify and isolate this issue to the vilage of "Mainland". Because SURELY it's not representative of a much larger sample of Newfoundlanders in general...No way! On the Avalon, everyone is SO much more gentrified now....like living in New York City, I tells ya! Dat oil done did dat.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 18:33

      I think that "concerned" is the person who needs an education and should learn to read. May I point out that one individual made this statement, not the town. Stereotyping a group of people based on the actions and/or comments of one individual is not an "intelligent thought". Your comment is one of "severe stupidity". Animal cruelty, including the puppy mills we all too often see, is not limited to any particular area. Why not use your "concerned" attitude to advocate, rather than condescend.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 18:58

      Gwen, I applaud you for your tremendous heart and love for animals. However, could you not simply have stated that Sona will NOT be going back to being a homeless animal? Rather you seem to imply that the residents of Mainland should not be permitted to have animals, including me. I have a beautiful dog and he is very well cared for. Thank you very much for helping Sona and continue your wonderful efforts.

    • Doesitmatter?
      July 11, 2013 - 20:56

      I think that "concerned" is the person who needs an education and should learn to read. May I point out that one individual made this statement, not the town. Stereotyping a group of people based on the actions and/or comments of one individual is not an "intelligent thought". Your comment is one of "severe stupidity". Animal cruelty, including the puppy mills we all too often see, is not limited to any particular area. Why not use your "concerned" attitude to advocate, rather than condescend.

  • jockoontherocko
    July 11, 2013 - 10:00

    What low down dirty rotten scumbag would do such a thing? It's just a short step to do this to humans. I suggest the town of Mainland as a little serial killer in the makings, on their hands. Whoever did this is one sick individual. I hope you are caught and you face the full force of the law and public opinion.

    • Barb
      July 12, 2013 - 06:37

      Well said Jockoontherocko!! I agree 200 percent. I am so glad I am too far to go to the community and hunt down the individual (s). If the Telegram has any guts they will post the perpetrators names when they are caught. shameful. disgusting. you are right about serial killers starting out hurting animals...

  • Filly
    July 11, 2013 - 09:59

    I hope they find the sad excuse for a human being that did this. An animal can't feel pain? Someone really said that?? How idiotic can a person be?

  • david
    July 11, 2013 - 09:57

    Welcome tourists to friendly Newfoundland. No, really.