All the myths aside, cats have only one life – and it is a miracle that Maisy, the cat recently rescued by the Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) did not lose hers after the horror she endured.
Miracle Maisy, named so for a very good reason, was found on April 4, 2017, tied in a trash bag, doused with gasoline, crushed inside a garbage truck. Her desperate cries were fortunately heard by two sanitation workers from the Harold Adam Refuse Removal who brought her directly to the HSBC thus saving her life. Currently, Maisy is being treated for her injuries at the Humane Veterinary Hospitals Reading.
“This is the worst animal cruelty case I’ve ever seen or experienced,” said Chelsea Cappellano, Office Coordinator at the HSBC, in her conversation with People. She emphasized how important it was that the two men had not ignored the situation, but taken action and helped the cat by bringing her to the HSBC.
Maisy was entirely soaked in gasoline and had to be bathed and dried for a long time to get rid of the substance. As reported by People, veterinarian Dr. Kimya Davani found that Maisy had to be shaved to help her body temperature recover. He was worried that the gas may have even soaked through her skin and affected inner organs.
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Note: Although this profile is about SIta, we are conducting a webinar on April 19 about the group of close ele friends that she belongs to — the Three Sisters. Click here to register for it!
Wildlife SOS has been rescuing injured and abused animals for 20 years. We’ve seen a lot. But even we were shocked by the signs of neglect when a circus elephant named Sita entered our elephant ambulance in November 2015. Her feet were a spider web of cracks and abscesses. She couldn’t bend her right forelimb — at all. She was beyond exhausted. Sita was suffering from some of the worst neglect we’d ever seen in a circus elephant, or in any elephant for that matter.
But she was far from defeated. In fact, within minutes Sita was dangling her trunk from the rescue truck as if to wave at the well-wishers along her five-day ride from circus to sanctuary. Still, even her victory ride to freedom couldn’t have been pleasant. Long-neglected injuries from the circus had left her barely able to stand and nearly impossible to lie down. And maybe worst of all: she'd been separated from the companionship of Rhea, a dear elephant friend who, along with Mia, was likely her only respite in the cruel circus life she shared with them. (Click here to register for our upcoming webinar about the "sisters").
Ladies who lunch: Mia, Sita, and Rhea
Sita's injured leg, and medicated soak
There are many elephants like Sita throughout India. Thousands still endure backbreaking labor for circuses and temples. We will rescue as many as we can in the future, but Sita has helped teach us that change must begin well before a rescue. For this reason we are proactively retraining mahouts of captive elephants to treat these animals with positive reinforcement in place of punishment, with respect in place of neglect.
Sita has been on quite a journey from the circus to the sanctuary. You made this possible by caring about her plight. On her behalf we would like to express our gratitude to you for helping us change her life dramatically!
Orangutan Rescued from River. Heartwarming footage has captured the moment conservationists save a wild orangutan stranded in the middle of a raging river.
Members from The Centre for Orangutan Protection, OWT, BKSDA and Nemdoh Nemkay were out on a survey of the protected forest area when they stumbled upon the stranded orangutan.
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