My Cat got attacked by a Pit-Bull (and survived!)
Organized by: claire elias
I am here to share a tragic (yet beautiful story) that will warm your heart.
On September 27, 2015 at approximately 1:30am my neighbor’s unleashed pit-bull (Eine) attacked my cat (Krevette).
By miracle, a neighbor witnessed the whole incident and rushed to notify us as soon as possible. I knew this was serious. I ran out to the scene to see my cat lying half dead with her guts hanging out of her belly. It was traumatizing for sure, but I knew I needed to act quickly. We ran to get a towel and picked her up and wrapped her as best we could. At this point she was barely breathing and almost unconscious.
Immediately, we sped to American Specialty Emergency Services. While they stabilized her and cleaned her up they told us they would not call the surgeon until they had the money up-front. They made it clear: come up with the money or let her go.
When you are dealing with this kind of tragedy, this is not music to your ears. By now it was 3am, we struggled to come up with the money (banks refuse to give you that kind of money at once- even if you do have it). After 2 hours (yes, very frustrating), we managed to pay it on 3 different credit cards.
So that night she had emergency surgery. We found out the "rag-doll style" attack had severely damaged her lungs, spleen, stomach, and intestines.
Never would I have imagined spending that kind of money (which I didn’t have) on a cat. However, when faced with this situation, I couldn’t just let my cat go… She was fighting very hard to live. She got attacked by the pit-bull multiple times that night. Once at the hospital, the doctors were confident that given the chance she would make it. And they were right! She bounced back as feisty and fearless as ever.
There is no doubt that Krevette is a trooper. She instantly became a “super star” at the clinic. She was friendly, sassy, full of character, and recovering remarkably well. Even with 2 post-op infections, she managed to make it! We are so thankful that the clinic was able to discount her hospital stay for the post-op infections.
She is now back- 100 %. We feel so lucky that she has recovered so well. We know we made the right choice to save her, but this all resulted in an $8,500.00 bill.
After the incident, the neighbors on the street approached us one by one to let us know that my neighbor had been in fact teasing his pit-bull to attack my cat several times. My cat was used to being outdoors and in the last 3 years we never had any incidents. When my irresponsible neighbor arrived with his untrained and aggressive pit-bull, one of our cats “disappeared”and shortly after this incident happened with my other cat- Krevette. Sadly, this incident was no accident, it was deliberate and premeditated. The pit-bull owner told other neighbors that he "hated cats" and that he was training his pit-bull to be a guard dog and “get my cats.”
With the support from the community, we gathered letters and evidence against the pit-bull owner. However, he was evicted from the property (no dogs were allowed!) We tried to sue him but he has fled from the situation and we were unable to serve him. This legal process cost us another $200.00. We are still pursuing this but he is unemployed and denying that he has any responsibility or money.
We were very touched by the generosity and concern that was expressed by our immediate neighbors. We were encouraged to share this story with the greater community. If this story touches your heart, please consider a “share" and a donation. It is very much appreciated! :) Thank you!