August 05, 2015 - 9:00 PM
KELOWNA – A young kitten is in need of a good home after a caring West Kelowna man rescued her from a rat trap last weekend.
The kitten, which Dr. Moshe Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Clinic says is around 10 weeks old, was found in a glue trap, which uses an adhesive substance to trap rats.
Dr. Oz says a neighbour brought her to the clinic in West Kelowna. She was dehydrated, clinging to life and one paw was twisted back. He estimates she was trapped there for a full day.
“She was quite emaciated and dehydrated. All of her legs and her body was completely attached to the trap,” he says. “All she could move was her head so she was really suffering.”
Dr. Oz and his staff used oil to get the glue off Lola, the name she has since been given, and administered fluids by intravenous.
“It took quite a while,” he says. “If you just pull it you can take the skin off so we sedated her and took our time. She wasn’t happy.”
Despite the bad mood, Dr. Oz says she is now active and alert and in need of a good home. Dr. Oz says there will be no charge for the treatment but would like to see a better method of rodent control used.
“Even if it’s a mouse or rat in the trap it’s still an animal,” he says. “It’s not a humane way to die. I think we can find better ways.”
He urges anyone who uses glue traps to check them every few hours to ensure animals don’t suffer unnecessarily.
If you are interested in adopting Lola, contact Rose Valley Veterinary Clinic.
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