Animal Cruelty Hits Home

United States
August 24, 2008 10:36pm CST
I am really trying hard to calm down right now. A worker I hired to do some work on the house displayed the ulimate cruelty to my cat, Oliver. He kicked my cat and he landed in a bucket of old oil that was to be dumped today. Oliver freaked out and tried to run but couldn't get far. He has torn muscles in his hind legs. He can't walk right now. He will but this guy pissed me off. I started yelling at him man without thinking, I kicked him over and over again repeating "How do you like it?!" My poor Oliver is sitting next to me right now, sleeping. He is on pain pills whichc make him sleep. I over-reacted, I know that. But this is my baby. He has been around since my daughter was born over six years ago. What would you have done? Liv
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33 responses
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Wow!!! You are my hero!!!! You may have felt like you over reacted, but the worker had absolutely no right in treating your animal like that!!! The man should be the one to pay the vet bills as he assaulted your cat. I would have done the same thing, except it would have been in an area where the message would have really hit home and left a lasting impression! No one has the right to treat any animal in the way that this A$$hole did. I won't dignify him by calling him a human, because obviously he isn't one. Thank you for standing up for the rights of your cat, and other people's animals. If he would kick your cat, he probably has kicked other peoples animals. He earned your retaliation and I am very proud of you for loosing it and standing up for your cat's rights!!! I will go to bed tonight with a smile on my face because there is someone out there with the guts to do to someone what they did to that person's companion. You are a hero in my book!!!!
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Hero huh? Hmm guess I will have to get a costume and everything. I could call myself Liv Cat Avenger! ROFL. Just kidding. Seriously though, thank you for those kind words. You just made my night a bit easier. Thank you. Liv
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
26 Aug 08
If you're considering a costume, don't forget the cat ears and tail. Just one hint with the tail, make sure it's through the door before you close it! (LOL) Seriously, you have my admiration because you did something people wouldn't dream of doing, taking immediate action and standing up for a living being that couldn't stand up for itself! It takes guts and tons of them! I have four cats that are inside with me and three feral cats along with two mini dachshunds and I wouldn't hesitate to wade in on someone who tried to hurt my companions! Especially since you proved that there are people that will stand up for their beloved companions. Put a hero award on your wall because you will be one to me always. Toni
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• United States
26 Aug 08
Thanks so much. I appreciate it. Hey, I just had a thought for my costume. I could go CATWOMAN. Tee hee. That would be funny. LOL. Liv
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• Canada
26 Aug 08
I am in shock at the brutality that this man showed towards your poor Oliver. I would have freaked out and kicked him too... good for you for showing the man your boots. Oliver being in the way or not there are other ways to handle the situation then to be as calloused and down right cruel as to kick the cat! I would also have fired him on the spot and get him to pay for any veterinary bills and medications that Oliver is on... Lord knows how expensive it can be. I am just shocked that people can be so cruel in this day and age... its sad really! I just hope that Oliver will not be traumatized by strangers now and that he makes a full recovery... as for buddy who kicked the cat... karma plays out in the end and he will pay for what he did one way or another!!!!
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• United States
26 Aug 08
How stupid can one person be? I mean the guy not only kicks my cat but does it in front of me let alone while I am home. This guy has no brains whatsoever. Oliver is doing much better now. Check out my newest discussion to see how he is doing. Thanks for your kind words. Liv
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@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I don't think you over reacted at all. If someone did that to one of my animals, I probably would have went off on him. That is so mean and so un-called for. I hope your kitty gets better.
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@donna22 (1120)
25 Aug 08
You didnt over-react at all. I would have done same thing. What was he thinking? OK, he may not have known the hot oil was there but so what? he should not have kicked him in the first place. If he has been hired to do some work then he is a guest and that makes it worse in a way. I hope your cat will be ok. I hate it when people are cruel to animals. Makes me very upset and angry.
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@valeria1 (2723)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Good for you! You did what you supposed to! If I saw someone doing this to my animals that I consider as they are my babies I would shoot them without a doubt, but they are very lucky that never have happened to me! Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
25 Aug 08
How horrible. I'm not a violent person either, but if I saw someone harming my two "babies" I probably do the same exact thing. What possessed that jerk from kicking Oliver in the first place? I read the response you gave in some of the other that your husband called the police...did they or you file charges against the man as I hope so
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• United States
25 Aug 08
We did press charges and his partner stood on our side. His only reason was that Oliver was in his way. We are great supporters of the police department and when I told them what I had done they said they saw no crime. I was defending the animal from being killed...nothing more. Liv
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Good I'm glad you filed charges and even the police seem to be on your side even when you told them that you kicked the guy...Too bad you didn't kick him where it would have really counted..LOL Though Oliver is in pain with the torn muscles at least he didn't get any internal injuries..that would have been worse
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• United States
25 Aug 08
I don't know. I might have, actually. ROFL. I mean he was in the fetal position towards the end. LOL. Really though, I thank the Heavens above that there were no internal injuries. He is eating and drinking very well. I bought him some wet food to take his pain pills. I think he is in Heaven right now. I mean he is getting really spoiled. Well, more than usual. lol. Liv
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
25 Aug 08
That is very sad. I am not sure what I would have done, I wish I could tell you the same but maybe I would have scream a lot. I hope that your kitty and you recovered soon.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Thank you so much for your response of kind words. He is already showing improvement. I knew he would. He is a tough kitty. As for me, I will heal as he does. It's nice having him close by more often. Liv
@ShellyB (5243)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I am glad you and your kitty are doing well and that you are close to him to keep an eye on him
@LittleMel (14036)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
Actually he was lucky it wasn't my cat. If he did that to my cat I wouldtear his muscles the way he torn Oliver's. You can probably tell him that I said this so he would never go near my cat if he ever works for me (well unlikely, but I am warning everyone who reads this hahah)I know a nun kicked a pregnant cat while this cat would go if she spared a bit of food. I actually prayed something happened to her, and it did. She was then crippled, either hands or legs have to be amputated well that suits her. Animals are living beings too, harming weak animals is the same thing as harming weak human beings. I know how cats can really annoy people, but they can just put this cat inside a room and close the door so the owner can open it when the work is done for that matter. That's what I did when we had a renovation, I put my cat in the computer room with her litter, food and basket then closed the door. When the workers left, we cleaned up and let the cat out so that way she didn't disturb them or got hurt. No you did not over react at all and I am glad you mentioned in your comments that you reported him. I am sure this is not the first time it happened, I hope this was the worst though, or else anyone with pets should never hire him.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
The only prayer I say is that justice will be done no matter what that means. In the end, I guess I got my justice. He went to jail and is more than likely unemployed now. I get my bees removed for free and Oliver is already starting to improve. I probably should have taken Oliver inside but he is more of an outdoor cat. Plus I asked them to be careful with the cats wondering around and asked them if Oliver would be a problem. They both told me no. I guess I should have followed my instincts and brought him in. I feel so bad now. No, I will not let myself feel bad. He is getting better and I will be more mindful and not trust so easily. I may just keep him inside. Liv
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@LittleMel (14036)
• Canada
26 Aug 08
I'm so glad somebody did something about him this way it will be a lesson for others. You did ask if Oliver would be a problem and they said no anyway so if he did it then it was pure cruelty
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@ajrox1810 (992)
• India
25 Aug 08
Hi, I would have done the same thing if someone has done that to my pet, Lucky. And I don't consider your deed as over-reacting since Pets are animals as well. I was really hurt on hearing about your cat. How could anyone be so much cruel. Being a pet-owner, I could never even think of such cruelty. I hope Oliver gets back to health really soon. You have done a nice deed and this is not over-reacting, I guess. You will be rewarded one day. Give my "Get Well Soon" to Oliver.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Aww, thank you so much for that. I sure will tell him what you said. I know he will apprerciate. It may seem crazy to some but he knows kindness. He is very smart. Again, thank you. Liv
@Jade13 (262)
• Malaysia
25 Aug 08
Geezzz. If I were you, I will report him to SPCA, and FIRE him. Take his photo and label him as an animal abuser and circulate him around the internet.But I think you shouldn't kick him. Don't know he will take legal actions or not. HMM..but anyway, I hope poor Oliver is ok now.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
The police have come and gone...for him anyway. I told the truth about what happened and even his partner confirmed the story. According to the police, I did nothing wrong other than defend an animal from being harmed and even killed. You are right though. I over-reacted and I admit it. Which is why when the police were called, I told the truth. I was ready to take the punishment. Fortunately, there was none. Oliver is on the mend. He is sleeping next to me right now. Liv
@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
25 Aug 08
I would of done the same thing as you did. He had no right to kick your cat let alone into a bucket of used oil. I know how hard it is too clean out of a cat. As well sorry to hear about the injuries Oliver had to endure because of this piece of S&$^ a-hole. Animal cruelity doesn't fly with me and honestly if that were my cat that guy is actually lucky to be walking right now. I sure would of broke his legs. No one touches my animals but me. Not saying that I beat my animals but I do give my pets a little smack. Which is always in playing fun.
• United States
25 Aug 08
LOL. I know what you mean. Some of my kittens arer VERY playful annd when they start too nibble I knock them over gently. They shake it off and get back to nibbling. Thank you for the response and the encouragement. Liv
@Spazor (30)
• United States
25 Aug 08
What a horrible man! I don't think you overreacted in the slightest. There is no excuse for his behavior and Oliver did not deserve it at all. What sort of upbringing did that man have? What sort of human being would think it's alright just to kick an animal "in one's way." I don't think you overreacted at all. Hopefully you taught that man a lesson! It's a shame that Oliver has to go through all the pain. Although he will get better, he didn't deserve to be harmed in the first place. Although I probably would not have kicked the man, I would most definitely make sure that he understood the weight of his actions. I would have nearly screamed my head off at him. You should contact his employer (if he has one) and ensure that he is fired or reprimanded for his actions. It's a business' job to make sure the customers are happy, anyway.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
I didn't have to call his employer. His partner did it for me. Tomorrow the partner will return with someone else to do our work for free. We have a huge beehive in our garage wall and they are going to remove it at no expense to us for the incovenience. They tried to offer to pay the vet bill but my father in law gives us free care for out animals. He is a vet and was the one to care for him. Thank you for your response. Feel free to add me as a friend. We can talk more and I will be keeping everyone updated about Oliver. Liv
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I am not sure if you over-reacted, I may have done the same thing as you. You should have had the SOB arrested for animal cruelty. That is just ridiculous what he did! I am happy that the cat will be okay after some time
• United States
25 Aug 08
No worries. Charges have been filed against him. Thank you so much for your response. Oliver thanks you too. LOL. Liv
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
25 Aug 08
How terribly awful. I'm so so sorry. I'm glad Oliver will be OK. What a horrible person. Don't allow him on your property again. He should do jail time. You probably over reacted a bit, but I don't blame you. I would have been hysterical, Poor poor Oliver and poor you. I can't get over how terrible that is. I now know why I ask when I have workers if they are OK with cats. Everyone who has worked here has at least tolerated my cat. My Rainbow Angel Divot used to inspect tool boxes and help plumbers. He adored plumbers. I have no idea why.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
Oliver is also very curious. If we had him better trained, I bet he wouuld try and bring my hubby his tools when he is working. Oliver always comes over to say hello to him. He even sits and watches him. When he is inside with me, he cuddles up to me when I am sick or he just sits there and watches TV. Yes, he watches TV. His favorite shows are CSI, Charmed, and Firefly. If these are not on he will walk away. Liv
@summta (65)
• China
25 Aug 08
Oh,what's the pity for your cat!Why this worker treated your cat so cruelty?I think i will have the same reaction with you if i meet this thing.Hope your cat will curely soon.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
According to him, the cat was in his way. My Oliver will be fine. My father-in-law is a vet and he took goood care of him. All he needs is to be looked after and get some rest. He is sleeping next to me so I can keep an eye on him. He walked a little this morning but he needed my help to come back. Liv
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
25 Aug 08
What in the world was he thinking, you ought to have his butt arrested, your cat was at home and he had no right to do that. I can't say you did the right thing, because I don't believe in violence. But I certainly would have called the police.
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• United States
25 Aug 08
My husband did that for me. I am normally not a violent person but it is as if he hit my child. I know that is no excuse but that was my thinking at the time. Thank you for your response. Liv
@apples99 (6562)
• United States
25 Aug 08
OMG, i can't imagine someone kicking my cat i would have been upset to, but i probably would have just told him to get out and might have called the animal cops on them animal cruelty is illegal in some states that was not right for that person to have kicked your cat, i love my cat and i understand your anger, what made that person think they had the right to do that if they were afraid they should have just asked you to remove your cat from the room, but it sounds like that person was just mean, well, i hope your cat will get better.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
25 Aug 08
I like all animals, but I'm a dog person myself. I can't believe that he did that to your cat, was the cat bothering him or what? Theres no excuse anyway, for his behavior, and I probably would of done the same thing you did. I hope your cat is doing alright...
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
25 Aug 08
Trust me gal, he's lucky that I wasn't there for I don't care who's cat it was for if I had seen him or anyone else for that matter, abuse an animal, there's no stopping what I'd do to the scum bag be it male or female!! NO ONE hurts an animal in any way shape or form and gets away with it!! Oh HELL NO!!
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
25 Aug 08
Oh I hate cruelty to animals, what a horrible person he is, I would never allow this person to come on to my property again, I think when people do this sort of thing to an animal they should be charged just as they would if they did that to a child....