Public Outraged By Phoenix Man's Euthanized Cat

By Salon Staff

Published December 28, 2011 2:00PM (EST)

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 ( ) 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.

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.

Salon Staff

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