veterinarians preparing Tabby cat for surgery
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Cat Gets Reconstructive Surgery After Being Stomped On

A cat from Fresno, California, is recovering after a horrific assault. A man allegedly broke the cat’s jaw. Though the incident was caught on camera, the man is still at large.

Man breaks cat’s jaw

According to the Central California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CCSPCA), around 11:55 p.m. on Sept. 27, a man stomped on a tabby cat at Butler Pentecostal Church. Cameras caught the heinous act.

The next morning, members of the church (located at 3552 E. Butler in Fresno) found the female tabby cat with a broken jaw. They contacted the CCSPCA. The poor cat underwent “major reconstructive surgery,” according to yourcentralvalley.com.

Police are still searching for the man responsible.

Humane society posts video of cat getting stomped on

In a Facebook post, the CCSPCA pleaded for the community’s help. “If you recognize the suspect in these videos, please contact the CCSPCA at 559-233-7722 or the Fresno Police Department at 559-621-7000,” the organization wrote. “Please help us deliver justice!”

Facebook commenters had no mercy for the suspect.

“Sicko. Hope they found him,” one wrote.

“Absolutely horrible,” another said.

“What a POS!!!!” someone else commented, alongside a poop emoji.

“One day this monster will pay,” a top fan of the page opined.

How vets treat jaw injuries in cats

A broken jaw in a cat is a serious and distressing injury that can have a profound impact on a cat’s health. The jaw plays a crucial role in a cat’s ability to eat, groom, vocalize, and defend itself. Therefore, a jaw injury can lead to significant pain, difficulty in feeding, and even complications such as malnutrition. Additionally, untreated jaw fractures can result in long-term deformities, chronic pain, and impaired quality of life. Given these potential consequences, prompt and appropriate veterinary care is essential to address the gravity of a broken jaw in cats.

Veterinarians often begin treatment with an examination and X-rays to assess the extent of the injury. Depending on the fracture’s location and severity, treatment varies. Simple fractures may require wiring the jaw to stabilize it, allowing natural healing over several weeks. More complex cases might demand surgical intervention, involving the placement of plates, pins, or external fixation devices to align and secure the bones. Vets often administer pain killers and antibiotics to ensure the cat’s comfort and prevent infection. Close monitoring and a special diet, often consisting of soft or liquid food, aid in the healing process.

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