The BC SPCA has determined that a cat found dead and tied up with zap straps in a Maple Ridge childrens’ park on October 26 died from a “predator attack.”
“The necropsy results reveal the cat died from puncture wounds from
a medium to large predator, most likely a coyote or large dog,” said Lorie
Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA, in a release.
The official cause of death is “acute, traumatic bite – the puncture wounds
lacerated her stomach, liver and diaphragm, causing her to haemorrhage.”
Officers were alerted of a young black female cat found deceased and placed on a swing in Cook Park on October 26.
Prior to the necropsy, the BC SPCA was unsure if the cat had died as a result of the zap straps or if it died prior to being tied up.
The necropsy results confirmed that the zap straps were applied post-mortem.
Chortyk says that the circumstances the cat were found “was very concerning.”
“While the cat died from a predator attack, it is still very disturbing to think that any individual would disrespect her body like that.”
“Because the zap straps did not contribute to her suffering or death it is not a violation of animal cruelty laws, but it is hard to understand why anyone would carry out such a vile action.”