Local vet giving abused, blind cat second chance at life

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 4:56pm

COLLEGE STATION -- Animal cruelty is a nation-wide problem and while many would like to think Bryan-College Station is an exception, unfortunately that's not the case.

Just this past week a kitten was found fighting for its life after doctor's say it was intentionally abused.

At first glance, Spirit appears to be a normal kitten.

The 8-month old loves to play and loves human interaction but if you take a closer look you'll see that Spirit is missing something very important... his eyes.

"It was obvious that he had been abused and it's obvious that he has eye injuries and that he's completely blind," said Dr. Rupley. 

Dr. Rupley who's caring for Spirit, at the All Pets Medical and Laser Surgical Center, says she believes his eyes were either stabbed or shot out with a BB gun about four to six weeks ago.

"I just cannot understand how someone could do this to a pet, to an animal and it really bothers me."

Now Dr. Rupley and her staff are hoping to give Spirit a second chance at life by giving him prosthetic eyes but the surgery isn't cheap, so they're raising money to fund the operation.

And when Christopher Lang heard about the kitten, he knew he had to do something.

"It sounded like he had been tortured or something so I just figured we needed to take care of it," said Lang.

There are numerous ways you can help donate to Spirit's operation.

You can donate at any First Victoria bank branch. They have an account set up and it's called "Care 4 Spirit."

You can also donate through PayPal by going to the clinic's website at allpetsmedical.com.

All Pets Medical and Laser Surgical Center also has a fund set up for rescue animals called "Caring Friends."

To get updates on Spirit's condition you can find him on Facebook at "Spirit a blind cat."

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