A bleeding cat wrapped in duct tape was brought into the Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital in Michigan on Monday. Investigators are still searching for whoever wrapped a cat in duct tape and left it for dead. Doctors are estimating Ronnie spent three days wrapped in tape and left bleeding.
There's no legitimate reason why a person would duct tape a cat. Not at all.
"Ronnie arrived at our doorstep with duct tape around his head his neck his chest his front legs were duct taped together and his hind legs were also duct taped together as well," said Dr. Jane Alexander Krysinski. That's in addition to him being covered in fleas and the bleeding tumor in his left ear. It took four vet staff and roughly an hour to remove all the tape.
Animal Control officer Deb Zerafa took the call from a concerned neighbor and found Ronnie in the front yard of a home on Veterans Drive near South Airport Road.
"When I got there, the cat was laying down, so it was not moving at all, and as I approached the cat, he attempted to get up, so it was very difficult for him to move," Zerafa said. "I just picked him up and cradled him, and you know, it was almost as if he knew that I was there to help him out."
"I can't imagine anybody would do this and consider this acceptable behavior in any way, shape or form," Zerafa said.
The doctor's volunteer services will cover a portion of Ronnie's treatment, but the remaining cost will be around $800 unless there is complications. Dr. Krysinski is hoping that Ronnie will make a full recovery.
Through all of this he has been an angel he's been purring and eating for us and he has a heart of gold and I only wish the previous owner had the same heart.
Dr. Krysinski is hoping that Ronnie will make a full recovery.
Twenty percent of Ronnie's body is infected because of the tape. Once he's strong enough, he'll need surgery to remove the tumor.