Police continue to investigate after the orange tabby was shot in the face and found in the forest on October 9. A good Samaritan found the cat and took him to a veterinarian clinic in Clarence-Rockland, before he was transferred to the Ottawa Humane Society.
Nicknamed Gulliver, the cat had a broken jaw, broken teeth and an infection in the wound. An x-ray also found metal fragments in his jaw, which the humane society said showed he could have been suffering from his wounds for days.
The society’s chief veterinarian, Dr. Shelley Hutchings, said pain medication, antibiotics, and wound flushes were used to treat Gulliver. Extensive surgery would be required to repair his jaw.
“He’s a sweet and stoic cat,” Dr. Hutchings said. “With surgery and intensive treatment, he has a good chance at recovery.”
Gulliver’s medical care was expected to cost more than $3000, but a fundraising page for the cat had raised more than $35,000 by Monday morning. Ottawa Police Service said it had received a call from the Ontario Inspector of Animal Welfare last week and was investigating the matter.