Sona euthanized after cancer diagnosis

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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.”


Organizations: Atlantic Veterinary College, Society For The Care, Avalon Animal Hospital

Geographic location: PEI, St. John's

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  • Jack
    October 24, 2013 - 06:48

    It has been shown time and time again that people who abuse animals are significantly more likely to engage in violent crimes. I have been actively involved in pet rescues across a few provinces over the course of the last decade and the growing tide of animal abuse here is becoming quite concerning both for animals and for what type of crime these criminals will engage in next.

  • Mike
    October 22, 2013 - 21:30

    Has there been any news in the shooter? This maniac is still out there, somewhere. David??

  • dave
    October 22, 2013 - 18:44

    david, its not your money...dont worry about it. ive paid more than that for an animal, and would gladly do so again. who are you to decide what people spend their money on.

  • david
    October 22, 2013 - 13:12

    Sweet mother of god get a grip, before it bankrupts you ---- both financially and mentally.

    • animal lover
      October 22, 2013 - 19:50

      You get a grip, people love animals and will do anything for them. Don't comment if you don't like or agree with it. Some people are compassionate and loving and what these people tried to do for this cat is amazing. If this is how people want to spend the money they make it is up to them and they will feel mentally amazing for doing such a great thing.

    • Kat Girl
      October 22, 2013 - 21:46

      I would hate to be a 'pet' in your house. I would gladly go to the ends of the earth to help an animal. Most of the funds were raised by people all over the world. Caring and compassionate people that tried to help Sona live a better life than she experienced by the scum of humanity that shot her with pellets and took her sight, that caused the cancer that took her life. Shame on you for thinking that way. We rescue because we are compassionate, we become vulnerable to the sadness but it is over powered by the happiness when you know that you have saved another life. We are there to pick up the mess of so called 'pet owners' that don't take the responsibility of spay and neuter their pets by taking abandoned cats and kittens off the street. Shame of the cruelty that humanity bestows upon the voiceless ... and may God give me the patience to deal with people such as yourself that believe that animal life is less than human life.

    • DAB
      October 23, 2013 - 11:20

      I'd rather that then to be morally and ethically bankrupt. "Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice." ~The Carpenters

    • Jack
      October 24, 2013 - 06:40

      The best reflection of a person is how they treat animals.