29 Dec '11, 5am

US Humane Society euthanises man's cat because he couldn't pay for medical care

PHOENIX (AP) - Outraged donors have threatened to pull their support for the Humane Society after it euthanised the cat of a former heroin addict because he couldn't immediately pay US$400 (S$520) for its medical care. The Arizona Republic newspaper reported that Mr Daniel Dockery's 9-month-old cat, Scruffy, was put down because of the money issue, not because of cuts it got from a fence. Mr Dockery said he reluctantly surrendered the cat to the Humane Society on Dec 8 after staff declined to take a credit card from his mother over the phone or wait 24 hours for her to wire him cash. They told him the cat would be treated only if he signed over ownership, he said. Mr Dockery searched for the cat for three weeks at agency shelters and repeatedly asked staff what had happened. He learned on Tuesday that the cat was euthanised a few hours after he brought her in. 'Now I've go...

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