St. John's vet caring for abused cat as rescuer recovers from heart attack

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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.



Organizations: Society for the Care, Avalon Animal Hospital, West Coast Veterinary Clinic

Geographic location: Stephenville, St. John's

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  • Mary Ann Sands
    July 19, 2013 - 10:34

    Thank God for wonderful people like those helping this poor little cat. Prayers and good wishes for a speedy recovery for both kitty and rescuer.

  • Charlie
    July 18, 2013 - 14:20

    Who the $%^& does this to an animal? Maybe a good round of what goes around comes around.