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May 26, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. – After someone called PETA’s 24/7 emergency services to report a Snapchat video of a teen brutally beating a cat, the group worked with local police to get him out of the abuser’s hands – now as new MAP video released today shows he is thriving in his new home.
Although the cat (named Oreo) will always bear some physical scars from the abuse he has undergone – his left ear is deformed and will always be susceptible to infection – his behavior has changed completely.
“To see him in [the Snapchat] the video is just very hard to see … you can just tell how scared he is, ”explains his follower, PETA employee Thomas McNulty, in the video. “I spent a lot of time with him, and slowly but surely he started to come out of his shell more and more, and I think my other rescue cats helped with that.”
“One call to the PETA hotline saved this cat from what could have been lifelong abuse,” says PETA vice president Colleen O’Brien. “If you notice animal cruelty on the Internet, upload a video, take a screenshot and report it – you just can save the victim’s life.”
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not in our hands to be abused in any way,” is opposed to arrogance, a worldview focused on human superiority. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…