Nearly dead cat rescued from Oregon City storage locker

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by Scott Burton, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 12:35 PM

PORTLAND  -- He was tied to a shopping cart and not fed for weeks, according to veterinarians treating a severely malnourished tabby cat.

The Oregon Humane Society says the cat rescued from an Oregon City storage locker was just a day or two from death when it was found Wednesday.

The three or four year old male was brought into the Humane Society late Wednesday morning after being located inside a small unit.

"This is pretty severe. He's of very low body condition. When we talk about how much body fat he has on him, it's almost no body fat," said Dr. Kristi Ellis.

Beyond extreme starvation, the unnamed cat also suffered urine burns and a pressure wound to his face that was likely caused by the shopping cart. According to Dr. Ellis, it will take weeks to nurse him back to health.

"The inclination when you see a skinny animal is to give them a lot of food, but if you give them too much nutrition too quickly it can cause a lot of electrolyte imbalances and heart problems," said Ellis.

The cat was heard crying and later rescued by an employee doing security rounds at Money Saver Mini Storage.

That employee tells Newschannel 8 the animal was not inside the unit when it was seen open Monday. The company has a record of the locker's renter and the Humane Society is investigating, but as of Wednesday afternoon the renter had not been found.

"We're going to try to find them and if they confirm our worst suspicions we're going to cite them for first and second degree animal neglect," said David Lytle of the Humane Society.

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