For almost 2 years, I had a beautiful mixed coon breed longhair that went by the name of Rascal,
according to the people a few doors up the street from me that found him (as a very young cat),
I think and took him in. Rascal did not get along with their dog, although they did have a cat
at the time. Rascal being a neutered male liked to wander around on my street, so when he
approached me in a friendly way in November 2011, I took him in and fed him. He was undernourished
at the time, but soon with my TLC he gained weight and was very friendly with me. Because my
other cat didn't get along with him, he had the downstairs room to himself at night when my
other cat had the run of the house. His room was equipped with a pet door that
allowed him into my back yard, where I sat many a day at the picnic table with him, and fed him
cat treats. He was a beautiful 4-5 year old cat, I think. Anyway, last night he got outside and
didn't come back for his customary breakfast at 6am and then a nap with me on the couch.
I searched up and down the street looking for him at 6:30am and found it strange that he
didn't come running when I called him by name, or showed up at my door this morning.
At 7am my neighbor two doors down ran into my house and exclaimed "Are you missing your cat?"
Yes I replied, where is he? The neighbour had found him with what appeared to be a pink small
dog leash wrapped so tightly around his neck in a knot that I had trouble it getting loose.
By this time rigormortis had set in.
Being so friendly he must have met the sicko that did that to him during the late evening yesterday.
I scooped him up with the leash and called the cat rescue lady, then rushed him over in
my scooter to the local vets to find out what had to be done. The receptionist saw the body
and told me this was a clear case of animal abuse, she called the Ottawa Police and the
Ottawa Humane Society for further investigation. The police came to the vets and took
my statement, then went door to door on my street asking neighbors if they saw anything.
More to follow on Rascal's story with my eulogy coming up.