Public Outraged By Phoenix Man's Euthanized Cat

By Salon Staff
December 28, 2011 7:00PM (UTC)
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PHOENIX (AP) — Some people in Phoenix are threatening to pull their support for the Humane Society after it euthanized a cat brought in for medical treatment by a former heroin addict.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/tNzWqN ) that Daniel Dockery's 9-month-old cat, Scruffy, was put down not because of its wounds but because the 49-year-old Phoenix man couldn't immediately pay for its care.

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Dockery had been searching for Scruffy since taking it to the Humane Society three weeks ago and learned of Scruffy's fate on Tuesday. He says he's devastated.

A Humane Society spokeswoman says the agency took Scruffy intending to treat it and put it in foster care, but when she was taken to a second-chance clinic with three other cats, doctors were only available to treat two of them.


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