Published on July 11, 2013
Sona, a severly injured cat brought to an animal shelter in Stephenville, is comforted following surgery. — Photo by Gwen Samms, manager of SCAPA (Society for the Care and Protection of Animals).
Published on August 07, 2009
Gwen Samms poses with Angel, a cat at the SCAPA animal shelter in Stephenville. — Western Star file photo by Frank Gale
There are some new developments in the story of an abused cat, shot in both eyes by a pellet gun in the Stephenville area earlier this month.
The Society for the Care and Protection of Animals (SCAPA) in Stephenville said in a news release today Sona, the cat, has settled in comfortably at the Avalon Animal Hospital in St. John's under the watchful care of Dr. Beth Marshall who has offered probono services for the remainder of her medical treatment.
In a sad turn of events, however, Gwen Samms, the SCAPA's shelter manager and Sona's rescuer, is currently in intensive care at the hospital in Stephenville recovering from a heart attack she suffered earlier this week.
The SCAPA said Samms is receiving well wishes through Facebook and email from friends and supporters around the globe.
From her hospital bed, Samms has expressed deep gratitude to everyone for their generosity and support.
Janice Higgins, founder of Scaredy Cat Rescue, transported Sona from the west coast to St. John's on Wednesday. Sona continues to heal and receive worldwide attention through her Facebook group. Surgery on her injured front leg will take place next week. Marshall says she expects it will need to be amputated.
Dr. Leslie McGregor of the West Coast Veterinary Clinic in Stephenville says all of Sona's initial care has been covered through considerate phone-in donations from the public.