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STEPHENVILLE — Sona, the second cat rescued by the Society For The Care And Protection of Animals to gain world wide attention and support, was euthanized on Friday.
Gwen Samms, president of the society, said in a prepared release that a recent trip to the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island for testing indicated Sona had a very aggressive cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
There was a tumor on the side of her face invading the skull bones, the nasal cavity, and getting close to spreading to her brain.
“The news was devastating,” Samms said. “Unfortunately it was inoperable and our only option was to bring her home and give her the best of care until it was time for her to transition to the Rainbow Bridge.”
A veterinarian in P.E.I. and Dr. Beth Marshall at the Avalon Animal Hospital in St. John’s believe the cancer developed because of the inflammation caused by the horrible injuries Sona sustained after being shot in the face with a pellet gun.
In spite of the abuse, however, Samms says the courageous feline never stopped fighting.
Samms said Sona had a very strong will to live and even though she was blind and missing a paw, she wanted to experience whatever was available to her. She didn’t play because she couldn’t see but loved to be loved.
“When stroked, she would roll over on her back and present you with her belly, purring loudly,” she said.
“She loved to explore her surroundings and then fall asleep listening to the nature radio channel. But most of all, she loved to eat.”
Samms said she can never say enough thanks to everyone who has loved and supported Sona over the past few months, especially Marshall and her staff at the Avalon Animal Hospital who provided first-rate care.
Samms said that while Sona lost her personal battle, the war against animal cruelty and abuse is far from over and continues to be fought by animal advocates world-wide.
"Our numbers are growing,” she said. “More and more people are becoming educated and standing up to speak out against inadequate and/or poorly enforced legislation.”