Woman determined to find who was responsible, asking for public’s help
A cat owner is pleading for the public’s help in finding the person responsible for what is believed to have been a violent attack on the 15-year-old animal in Paradise.
“I’m absolutely sick to my stomach,” Alanda Washington told The Telegram Tuesday. “I’ve been crying and crying. I can’t believe someone could do that to poor Mekio.”
Washington said Mekio escaped from her mother’s house on Milton Road Saturday night when her mother opened the door. The cat was nowhere to be seen until Monday morning, when it showed up on her front step, badly injured.
“His teeth were hanging in his mouth,” said Washington, who had left the cat in her mother’s care last year when she moved to Fort McMurray because she wanted to spare the animal a long trip.
She said her mother realized how badly it was hurt when, hours later, the cat couldn’t close its mouth to eat, had its tongue hanging out and then began to bleed from its mouth.
“I’ve been crying and crying. I can’t believe someone could do that to poor Mekio.” — Alanda Washington
She took it to a veterinarian, who concluded the cat had suffered a broken jaw, caused by a forceful blow to the head, Washington said. She said the vet was sure it wasn’t an injury caused by being hit by a car, but rather by a kick or punch.
“The vet said he’d been pushed up against a wall and kicked because both sides of his head took impact around the jaw and all of his teeth except two were hanging from its mouth,” Washington said.
Washington — who had rescued Mekio from being euthanized 15 years ago when it was a kitten, even feeding him with a dropper — said she is heartbroken.
“He is honestly the best cat in the world. He wasn’t out to hurt anybody. Mekio is declawed and very friendly,” she said.
“Who would do this?”
She is determined to find out.
She’s asking anyone with security cameras or dash car cameras in the Milton Road area to check them.
Washington has also made several social media posts, which have been shared several hundred times and gotten several responses.
“Omg, that poor baby!!!” Marg Clarke wrote. “WTF IS WRONG WITH PPL? CERTAINLY NOT HUMAN SCUMBAGS. Please God let this fur baby be OK!”
Lisa Caines wrote, “Glad he will be OK. This breaks my heart.”
Anyone with information can email Washington at Alanda_33@hotmail.com.