11 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and a cougar are in desperate need of rescue. Help us get the lame cougar to Big Cat Rescue for vet care.
Today Big Cat Rescue rescued a lame cougar named Mickey from a rundown backyard zoo in Alabama. Mickey is 11 years old and desperately needs medical attention. We believe he has not had vet care in many years. We helped a number of other sanctuaries make arrangements to remove most of the owner’s other cats. We are still trying to make arrangements for others.
We need YOUR help to give Mickey the cougar the love and care he has been deprived of for so long. Help us put an end to back yard breeders who use the cubs for pay to play schemes and then warehouse them in cramped, dilapidating cages. Please DONATE as generously as you can.
Here is the background on Mickey and the other animals. WARNING it can be difficult to read:
I've been mad for over a year, with a burning sort of rage at the apathy, neglect and duplicity that caused a beautiful leopard to surely suffer and die.
In June of 2013 a rescue group contacted us. They said a woman had been operating the pound in a county in Alabama and feeding the live dogs and cats that were surrendered to her,to her backyard collection of lions, tigers, bears, wolves, one cougar and one leopard. They said when she tried to feed a live Doberman to the leopard, the dog fought back – leaving the leopard with horrific, gaping wounds on its leg. The owner left the open, oozing wounds untreated. Another keeper said the injury happened because the two were kept side by side (as were most of the cages here) in these prison cells, but either way it was malice or neglect.
Big Cat Rescue pleaded with USDA (who had revoked her license a decade ago) to take action, but they said it wasn't their problem. We asked USFWS to step in, because the leopard is an endangered species, but they said it wasn't their problem. We asked the DNR to seize the remaining wild animals, but they said they don't deal with exotic wild animals. We asked the Sheriff to do something and he wouldn't even return our calls.
What made me even more angry is that when I kept on insisting that USDA do something about it, since they just left the animals behind when they revoked the woman’s license, USDA assured me they had spoken to the woman’s vet and the vet had said the cat wasn't suffering from the open wounds that had cut clean to the bone and had been open and oozing for many months. USDA said there wasn't anything they could do and wouldn't discuss it any further.
In Feb of this year, I found out that the leopard had died.
I mailed a letter to the owner, as I had no other way to reach her, and in May she told me to come get all of her remaining animals because she was tired of having to take care of them and couldn't afford them on just her social security check.
But then she changed her mind. In the months of back and forth with her, her family, her vet and her DNR inspector, we learned that no vet had ever come to even check on the leopard. We also were told that the owner was no longer of sound mind. Today at least the rest of her animals are in the process of being rescued.
It is unacceptable that such suffering and neglect can happen in this country! We couldn’t save the beautiful leopard, but WITH YOUR DONATIONS we can give Mickey the cougar the love, nutrition and medical care that he desperately needs. Please help us.
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