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Some Bonehead Chained Up a Cat in the Woods and Left Him

Fortunately, the cat (dubbed Forest) was uninjured and is now looking for a new home.

Michael Leaverton  |  Nov 6th 2015


Janet Zimmerman of Spring, Texas, volunteers with animal rescue, so she’s the sort of person to make it her business when somebody needs help finding a lost pet. That happened last month, when she was scouring the woods for a dog who had escaped her owner’s home.

She heard something, off in the distance. Not a dog but a cat. A crying cat. She stepped farther into some underbrush and discovered a kitty in a bizarre predicament. He had a chain around his neck. The chain was padlocked, and the other end of it was wrapped around thick underbrush studded with thorns, according to ABC 13.

A cat, alone in the woods, chained up. What in the world? Whoever did this is our Bonehead of the Week.

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“It was no accident,” Zimmerman said. “Someone did this to him. Maybe as dog or animal bait, maybe as a Halloween sacrifice. I was shocked — stunned.”

Zimmerman wasted no time in rescuing the kitty. She picked him up, untangled the chain, and went to a hardware store to get bolt cutters to cut the chain around his neck.

“It was wrapped so tight around his neck it was hard to do,” she said.

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Then she hustled him off to Spring Steubner/Champions Animal Hospital, where Dr. Barry Schmitt discovered the cat was okay physically, if a bit shaken up. From his behavior, it’s clear the cat — who Zimmerman dubbed Forest — came from a home.

“He came up to me and rubbed against my leg. He’s so affectionate, such a great cat,” said clinic tech Mimi Baker.

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Zimmerman fostered the cat for a handful of days, but her resident cat — a senior — didn’t like having a newcomer around, so she contacted Copper’s Cat Commune and found him a spot at its clinic, where staff members are trying to adopt him out.

They should have no problem. Thanks to the press coverage, Forest is getting famous, and as a Copper’s Cat Commune staffer wrote on the group’s Facebook page, he’s a good candidate for a quick adoption: “He is between 1 and 2 years old, FeLV/FIV negative, vaccinated, and will be neutered at clinic expense this week. He is **very** friendly with people.”

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“I believe he’s here for a purpose,” Zimmerman told ABC 13. “He puts a face on animal abuse.”

Via ABC 13; photos via Coppers Cat Commune’s Facebook page

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