BooBoo the cat is on the road to recovery and a kind stranger has paved it with generosity.
The seven-year-old family cat has suffered no damage to his eyesight after his owners found him in the yard of their St. Vital home last Friday soaked in motor oil that had been thrown in his face by an unknown assailant.
Owner Sheldon McLeod and his family were then surprised Monday when they found out someone who read about BooBoo's plight in the Winnipeg Free Press had gone to Centennial Animal Hospital and left a donation.
"As a result of your article a wonderful woman stopped by the Centennial clinic and left a $300 donation to help offset the costs," said McLeod in an email to the Free Press.
"Hopefully someone will now step forward with knowledge of what occurred (in the abuse of the cat) and the person responsible can get help."
BooBoo was shaved to remove the oil-slicked hair as just washing won't take it out.
But blood tests at Centennial Animal Hospital show BooBoo did ingest some of the oil which elevated his liver levels.
"The vet tells us that the liver regenerates and hopefully will be back to normal with his f/u (follow up) appt in a month's time. His eyes are ok and he's eating normally" said McLeod in the email.
The family's other cat Misha came home on Aug. 23 drenched in motor oil and had to have her body shaved. Blood tests showed she had not ingested any of the oil.
The family believes someone has targeted their cats, and has reported the abuse to the Winnipeg Humane Society and to the police.
The City of Winnipeg has a responsible pet ownership bylaw stating pets should not be running at large. However, animal abuse is a crime in Canada and penalties for abusing animals can carry jail time.