Story By: Koen Berghuis, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These shocking pictures show a poor cat that survived after its fur was doused in acid by an animal hater who left it in agony with almost all its body burnt.
Picture Credits: CEN/Tierheim Grossliebringen
The cat was found in the street by a passerby in Riechheim, a town in the German state of Thuringia.
The cat was brought in a reportedly life-threatening condition to an animal shelter in Grossliebringen where Sylke Moench is now taking care of it.
Moench said: “It must have come in contact with some oil and grease, but in any case also a corrosive and toxic substance – and that went over almost the entire body.”
She said that the cat’s body looked completely burnt, it would not eat, and was clearly in great pain.
After a while the cat’s fur reportedly began to peel off its skin in some places.
Moench said: “For us that is a very bad sight.”
A veterinarian was called to the animal shelter to treat the cat and give it all the necessary medication.
Moensch said: “She is a fighter, you realise that she wants to live.”
Luckily, the cat started drinking again, although Moensch still has to feed it porridge from a syringe because it still does not want to eat.
Moensch suspects that an animal hater is at work in the small Thuringian village as just some days later the same happened to another cat, which is now being treated at home by its owner.
Moensch said: “We suspect animal cruelty, because cats would never jump into such liquid by themselves – and certainly not two animals in such a short time.”
The German animal carer has involved the district’s veterinary office to investigate the situation.
In Germany, anyone found guilty of animal cruelty can face a hefty fine or imprisonment of up to three years.
No arrests have been reported.