An Oil City cat who survived a near drowning and endured some 25 or more shots from a pellet gun is reportedly doing well at a local animal hospital, and his accused torturer will have his first hearing next month.
Sunny, an orange tabby cat, lost one eye and continues to have balance problems because of a ruptured eardrum, but is otherwise well on his way to recovery, according to Lisa Wright, office manager at Happy Trails Animal Hospital in Franklin:
“He is doing very well and recovering. His recovery has been slow, but he’s definitely progressing.”
Veterinarians began working on Sunny last month, when a Crawford Street resident rescued him from a barrel full of water at a neighbor’s house:
“The girl who rescued him said that when she got to him, he was submerged in water in a cage, so he was just completely tortured from one end to another.”
Wright says animal abuse is a horrifying crime:
“It’s sickening, it really is. He (Sunny) didn’t do anything to deserve it. He was just being a cat. I’m sure he was just wandering through his yard or something, and just being a cat.”
Oil City police charged David Joseph Krawiec with animal cruelty last month. Court records indicate a preliminary hearing originally scheduled for today has been continued to June 13th. If convicted, Wright says Krawiec may be forced to pay Sunny’s hospital bills.
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