UPDATE: Abused Cat Forced To Have Tail Amputated

  • 7/9/2018 3:15:02 PM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- The Richland County Humane Society is currently caring for a cat who was abused with a firecracker. 

An unknown individual set off a firecracker in the cat's rectum, causing life-threatening wounds.

Humane Agents from HSRC received the cat from the owner around 1 P.M. Monday. They learned the incident took place at the Pine Bridge apartment complex on East Cook road in Mansfield.

UPDATE - 7/13/18

According to Katy P's veterinarian, she is not out of the woods just yet. She had to have her tail amputated due to flesh rot from the initial injury.

The amputation was a success, but the damage in her flesh was so extensive that the vertebrae showing through her wound couldn't be covered up in surgery. The vet is optimistic that this will heal on its own with time.

Katy finally defecated today, but it isn't yet clear if she is incontinent or not. She has successfully gone to the bathroom, but it is still unclear if it was intentional or not. Until it is determined whether she will have bowel control, it is hard to say if Katy P will be able to function normally again.

In addition, Animal activism group PETA has gotten involved. The group issued a press release, adding their own separate reward money towards finding the perpetrator.

"PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible for torturing this animal."

Additionally, a Las Vegas man named Joseph Mayo has pledged money towards Katy P's medical bills, but he has also announced he will be donating $1000 to the reward fund.

UPDATE - 7/12/18

Due to worsening infection in her tail, Katy P. will have to have her tail amputated. It may not be a full amputation, but it is dependant on how she responds to antibiotics.

People from across the country and beyond have chimed in to show their support on the Humane Society of Richland County's Facebook page. People from Virginia, Ontario Canada, Oregon and even Afghanistan are donating to help care for Katy P and adding to the reward money.

Missy Houghton, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Richland County, said Thursday in a phone interview that she was "blown away" adding "the community here in Richland County and beyond has been extremely generous and very passionate and we are so grateful. We are hoping Katy pulls through if not for us, then for them." 

Houghton visited with Katy Thursday morning and says she is doing very well, the vet is just waiting to see if she will be able to defecate normally before Missy is able to give any major update on her prognosis.

UPDATE - 7/11/18

An update was posted the Humane Society of Richland County's Facebook page regarding the cat (named Katy P.) and her ongoing treatment.

"Her rectal catheter was removed today and there were feces on it, which is a good sign. Her urine is also clear which is another good sign. Her prognosis is better today than it was yesterday. However, she is developing an infection in her tail and received an antibiotic injection and will be on oral meds as well. She will be monitored to see if her tail needs amputated. She will still need to be monitored during the healing process to ensure her rectum is healing properly."

Multiple Organizations have offered reward money for any information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator of this crime. The reward currently stands in the neighborhood of $2000.

The shelter is asking concerned citizens to NOT call Philips Animal Hosptial for updates on her condition but to instead call the shelter with questions. The large influx of phone calls was disrupting the Hospital's daily business.


At approximately 2:00 PM the Richland County Humane Society posted on their Facebook that they were at the vet with the cat and were not sure if she would make it. The post was as follows:

"We are currently at the vet's office with this cat that had a firecracker set off in her rectum. We have no words. We need all your good thoughts and vibes for her. We aren't sure if she will make it, it depends on the extent of the damage.
She lived in the PineBridge apartment complex at 135 E. Cook Rd. We believe it happened within the past 24 hours. We don't know who did it, although we wish we did..."

They later updated the post to include the following additional information:

"The Doctor called. She (the cat) made it through surgery and has a guarded prognosis. We don't know if she will be incontinent or unable to defecate. We should know that in a few days. She will be at Phillips Animal Hospital for observation. If you would like to donate to her care, you may do so by going to our website www.adoptourstrays.com and clicking on the PayPal link. Or contact Phillips Animal Hospital directly at 419-526-4212 and make a donation directly to the account. This is a very sad situation, and we are so grateful for the outpouring of support for the shelter. We are a 501 c 3 non-profit organization and we receive no funding from the Humane Society of the United States or any federal or local funding. Your support allows us to continue to do what we do - help animals. Thank you!"

Richland County Humane Society Executive Director Missy Houghton says she hopes the individual responsible will be found and punished to the full extent of the law.

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