Over the past several months, the Salisbury, North Carolina has become a dumping ground for unwanted cats. While the callous abandonment of cats, as well as dogs, has been a problem in many areas, it appears to be getting worse.
This is the story of Nigel.
Nigel is yet another abandoned animal from the Salisbury area last week. Dee Lazenby was driving down a rural road in Salisbury area when she saw two women pull over to the side of the road in a green Suzuki. She watched in her rear view mirror because she was concerned they were having car trouble.
It was then Dee saw one woman open the passenger side door and toss something out into the fields, Dee did not know if it was a cat or a dog but she did a u-turn and went back to save it.
The women drove by Dee smiling and laughing at her-they even waved at her! On the side of the road was little Nigel just 6 pounds of pure bred, declawed Persian.
Nigel was totally matted, infested with fleas plus he had upper respiratory and conjunctivitis. Dee took him directly to the vet and got all his basic medical done. Barbara Hart from Pals for Paws and Purrsgot contacted Jan Scere and Kristy Brooks, and Friends for Life Cat Adoptions has taken Nigel under their wing.
Now for the bad news-Nigel is in serious condition, due to heart problems and severe long-term neglect. Nigel has damage to his heart probable from poor nutrition and malnutrition. He is seriously emaciated, and his has fecal impactions from dehydration.
These conditions will mean a lot of vet visits, and a lot of money. A heart specialist will be necessary, where he’ll need an examination to determine the damage, as well as the best course for treatment.
Dr. Roberts from Concord Parkway Animal Hospital said Nigel was incredible neglected for a very long time. Dr. Roberts believe he is between 3-6 years old, but it’s hard to say because of his poor condition. Right now, Nigel is on a special diet to build up his 6 pound body. Dr. Roberts and the staff put him under a light anesthesia to shave the matted fur off.
It was beyond cruel to dump Nigel in a field just before an ice storm hit the area. Friends for Life Cat Adoption posted a statement on their Facebook thread
“If anyone lives in the China Grove/Salisbury area Millbridge and Brown Road where this woman tossed him out of her car last week then laughed at Dee when she turned around to help him please let us know. She drive a green blue Suzuki and wears her hair in a long braid or pony tail! I would like to see this woman and her passenger brought to justice.”
If you have any information on this woman, please contact Friends for Life Cat Adoptions via Facebook. You may also contact the rescue to learn whether it would be more convenient for them to receive donations or to direct pay to Concord Parkway Animal Hospital, as no fundraising page has been set up at this time.