Wires tied around cat’s leg; injury maggot-infested
Published on: Saturday, October 09, 2021
By: Dr Roslee bin Haji Abbas
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HElping Animals Rescue Team (Heart)

RECENTLY, there has been a lot of sad news about cat and dog abuse cases around Sabah. But here’s something a little bit more wholesome to restore your faith in humanity!

In response to an alert message and a distressing image from an animal lover, Aishah who had seen an injured feral cat left unattended at the staircase of a fast food restaurant in Menggatal, on October 3, Heart was dispatched to the scene.  But was informed that one of Heart’s followers, Mazni, had given refuge the injured feral in her office.

Heart was shocked to see the condition of the cat was so severe. He was severely dehydrated and without water and food perhaps for many days. He could barely move due to his rotten maggot infestations leg.

The leg appears to have been completely severed down to the bone, and someone had cruelly tied what appears to be metal wire around the leg. Which, as you can probably tell, didn’t do much good.

On top of that, the front leg of the cat was rotten and had been eaten away by the maggots. The infection on the cat’s leg was so severe it had dissolved the bone and his whole leg had rotten and leaving his foot dangling and his bone protruding out of his skin more than an inch.

This cat had suffered such extensive tissue loss we weren’t sure if we could save him. It would have taken months for the cat to have become this bad, and he would have been in tremendous pain and so uncomfortable.

He was very thin, debilitated and understandably rather subdued when we rescued him. His whole body was hot, and the smell from his rotten leg was overwhelming. This poor cat, whose leg was tied up with iron wires, was left to fend for himself.

Regrettably, because of being bound by the wire for too long, his leg can no longer walk normally leaving him with “horrific and barbaric” injuries.

The iron wires had been twisted firmly around his leg. It appears that this poor cat didn’t get tangled in the wires but that it was a deliberate act of barbaric cruelty that someone has inflicted on him.

It’s beyond our comprehension how anyone could allow a living creature to get into the mess that poor Tabby was in. It broke our hearts to see the suffering this cat had gone through. Seeing that it refused to admit defeat, Heart gave him a second chance at life.

We were shocked that someone could leave an animal with such a mortal injury. We didn’t know who hurt the cat so badly. Maybe it was a cruel pet owner, maybe it was someone who hated cats.

In this way, the injured cat, who was already on the verge of life and death, was lucky enough to be rescued by Heart. No matter how much pain the cat suffers during his life, at least the rest of his life will be happier.

Heart rescued the cat and named him ‘Tabby’. Tabby was brought to the animal hospital for emergency treatment and hospitalisation. The vet discovered his right leg had completely rotted away, and skin had grown over the stump.

We were stunned when the vet said he thought he could save his life. It was touch and go for the poor cat. The vet said despite having gone through his ordeal he had a good little spirit and was a very good patient.

The attending vet told Heart limb amputation has to be performed because one of his front  legs had been injured and the paw was almost gone, the bones were visible, and broken near the paw and was eaten up by maggots to leave it to rot. Without a blood supply his leg effectively died.

Within 24 hours of being rescued, Tabby had his front leg amputated and was given medication to help him fight the infection. The vet team continued keeping a watchful eye on Tabby, monitoring his progress. He is expected to make a full recovery; however the vet said it will be a lengthy one.

He is the sweetest cat you have ever met and purrs like a freight train, even in the face of such an awful injury. It had been a complicated process but, throughout all this, the cat Tabby hadn’t once complained.

From the helplessness and despair at the beginning, to the smile afterwards, Tabby survived miraculously, precisely because of the full care and protection.

No one knows who hurt the well-behaved Tabby, but those who can do this kind of thing must not have much sympathy. Perhaps in their eyes, the so-called “any life is precious” is just a joke. Although cats cannot speak, they can also express their emotions.

This world is very precious. Every life should be treated kindly. Harmony often brings happiness. What can cruelty bring!

We would also appeal for anyone with information about who may have done this awful act to this poor cat to contact us immediately on the Heart messenger.

As is the same for all living things, when our four-legged friends suffer from a severe injury, getting medical help can be all the difference between life and death. But while we can simply just walk to a clinic and get the help we need (the same goes for our pets), stray or homeless animals do not have that luxury. Most of them wind up with their wounds festering badly as they limp out in public spaces.

We are making a significant effort to save each and every injured animal that we rescue. If more people knew what lengths people like us go through each and every day to save just one animal’s life, it might encourage them to get their animals spayed or neutered, or decide to volunteer with us, or donate to our rescued animals.

Heart would greatly appreciate the donation of funds to help with the medical care of Tabby because we have no funding available to us other than donations.  We receive no government funding and rely on the support and kindness from our community, private donations and charity bazaar to complete our mission.

 Heart does not euthanise animals to make space to house others. We are a no-kill animal welfare group and work to preserve life whenever possible.

We rely on donations from people like you who are willing to spend their hard-earned money to help animals in dire need. If you would like to help to pay for Tabby’s medical expenses please send your money to:


Account no.

70 3762569 4



And every ringgit helps! Thank you in advance for your generous, big and small (and no donation is too small).

Have a heart. Donate.


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