Skip to comments.Cat Abducted, Shaved and Has Swastika Drawn on its Back in Bizarre Attack
Posted on 09/17/2013 10:07:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A cat has been the victim of a brutal and bizarre attack as its owners found his whiskers had been cut off, his body partly shaved and a swastika drawn on his back.
One-year-old Turbo returned to his home in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the cruel attack when his owners noticed something was not quite right.
Jess and James McGriffin were watching TV yesterday evening when Turbo jumped on her lap. She started petting him, realising that he had been shaved on his back, forehead, legs, and other patches on his body.
His whiskers were also missing.
To make the strange cat attack even worse, a Nazi symbol had been drawn into his shaved back with black marker pen.
It had obviously just happened. I just cried. Its so horrible. I just couldnt believe it, the devastated mum told the Press in New Zealand.
At first she though it could have been a racist attack against her Filipino husband, but Ms McGriffin has since ruled that out and now thinks children could have been involved in a cruel joke.
I honestly dont know who would be behind it. Ive lived in Burnside pretty much my whole life and weve been in this house for three years. Theres been nothing like this, ever. I just reckon its some silly teenagers. she added.
The scariest bit is they took my cat off the street, took him somewhere [and] held him down.
When he was two months old he got stuck in a fence and we had to remove his tail. Now he is tail-less, whisker-less and has shaved spots.
Shaving would be an offence under the New Zealand Animal Welfare Act if it caused distress or pain. The McGriffins reported the incident to the police and animal protection group, SPCA.
Little Turbo is currently being kept indoors until his whiskers grow back.
Cats have an independent streak and tend to fall for fascist ideologies, I know.
Hate crime El Gato!
Turbo needs to stay indoors, period, if there are crazy/mean/stupid neighbors (or neighbor kids) who would do such a thing. Next time it could be much worse.
Granted, this is not near what has happened to some pets in the past, but even taking that into consideration the fact that some individuals cared less for the welfare of some poor trusting animal than their own amusement does not bode well for their actions in times to come.
Correct. That needs to be an indoor kitteh, starting yesterday.
Clearly Kitler took issue with Fidel Catsro.
The cat ran off to join a skinhead gang and came back because the food wasn’t very good.
That saddens me, and I’m not even known to be a Cat person. Cats can be good pals though, almost like a dog. Any animal deserves better, especially a pet, who trusts and expects to be well treated. If this happens again, I predict, the culprit will be found. Maybe the next cat won’t be so docile. Maybe somebody is seen in the emergency room with ‘mysterious’ cat bites all over their face and their fingers. Poetic Justice! That is my wish.
On first look I thought they had snipped his tail off too. But the cat has lost its tail in a past accident. Ultimately, thank goodness, this appears to be a physically harmless prank, even though done in a spirit that was lower than a dachshund’s belly. Sounds like they took hair trimmers and buzzed the fur off. The fur will grow back AND so will the whiskers. But what I might use that marker to write on that kid’s forehead if I caught him might be considered rude.
We’ve all seen this before. It’ll turn out the cat did this to itself and cried racism in a bid for attention.
Do his owners know if he likes to sneak off to biker bars?
I wonder how much the missing whiskers are affecting him.
Since we got our first cat in 1982, none of our cats has ever had to struggle with the stray life again.
They stay indoors, and only three of them in all these years have even attempted to go outside.
Our first two cats, Muffin and Tiger, got out once. The little stinkers actually opened a sliding screen
door, a big one, and sauntered on out. I called, and The Muff returned, but I had to go looking for
Tiger, and both were VERY happy to get back inside.
Miss Hissy Slashy tries to sneak out every time I open the front door. She gets as far as the grass,
lies down in it, and begins to stalk any chipmunks in the yard. I have to carry her 18 pounds back
Yes, cutting off a cat’s whiskers is brutal.
They are part of the way a cat perceives the world, and without them, kitty is partially “blind.”
Really. That cat was scared carpless when they did that.
Their whiskers are also very sensitive....
Turbo was lucky...... this time. As my vet said “outdoor cats usually live short violent lives”.