PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Officers are investigating a case of animal abuse caught on camera. The attack left Buddy Cat with life-threatening injuries.
His family took him to the PSPCA and understandably the children of that house are devastated.
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A vicious attack on the family cat Buddy was launched by men walking two dogs in the Frankford section of the city.
As they passed the Granite Street house, people noticed a cat sitting on the porch and turned their attention to the dogs.
“It was a long attack. This took several minutes and was completely unnecessary. None of this was to happen,” said Nicole Wilson, director of humanitarian law enforcement and shelter operations.
At one point, you can hear two individuals encouraging the dogs to continue attacking the cat until someone comes out of the house and intervenes. Due to the severity of the injuries, doctors at the PSPCA say Buddy may have to undergo multiple surgeries.
“There’s extensive damage to his back abdominal area, so we really have to try and put him back together and hope for the best,” Wilson said.
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An ultrasound and X-rays were done to see the extent of his injuries. Thankfully his back doesn’t appear to be broken, so with a successful surgery, he can make a full recovery.
Buddy Update: Last night, Buddy was sent to an ER vet to be closely monitored. He made it overnight. His condition still remains very critical.
We are (very) cautiously optimistic.
— Pennsylvania SPCA (@PSPCA) 23 March 2022
If found, those responsible could face serious charges of animal fighting and animal cruelty, which could result in up to seven years in prison.
Officials say that from the video it looks like they live in the area. If you recognize them you are urged to call the PSPCA’s Law Enforcement Department.
If you have any information about the case, contact the PSPCA’s Humanitarian Law Enforcement Team at (866)-601-7722.
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CBS3’s Jan Carabio contributed to this story.