1.3.16 UPDATE: Note from surgeon on Goldie’s condition: She had surgery at the end of last week to fix the fracture. Shes doing well, looking better each day. We are going to keep her in hospital for a week or so just to make the recovery as easy as possible on the owners.
12.30.16 UPDATE: At noon, Goldie was being operated on, in an effort to save his leg.
A six-year-old cat went missing Tuesday night and was discovered hiding under a porch bleeding, with an arrow through his body. “Goldie” is recovering at Veterinary Specialty Care (VSC) in Mt. Pleasant, but those close to the case say he may need to have a leg amputated.
Goldie’s ordeal began Tuesday after his elderly owner let him out into his normally quiet West Ashley neighborhood. When he didn’t return the next day, a search party was formed and Goldie was found hunkered in a corner, underneath his owner’s porch. He had to be coaxed out to safety and was immediately taken to VSC for treatment. Charleston Animal Society’s “Caitlyn Anti-Cruelty Fund” will be covering the cost of Goldie’s treatment.
Charleston City Police are investigating the case, but no arrest had been made as of Thursday afternoon. Dede Tyler who works to rescue feral cats in the area and helped bring Goldie to safety said, “His prognosis is good, but we are worried about a possible amputation.”
Last year Charleston Animal Society looked into more than 270 cruelty cases. “We must pull together as a community to help solve these cases not only because it is the right thing to do, but because violence against animals has been shown time and again to have a direct link to future human violence,” said Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore.
If you know anything about this case, you’re asked to call police at: (843) 577-7434.