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A Shattered Innocence

Posted by on May 23, 2014

Dear Friends,

It will be very hard for you to read the story… it’s very hard for me to write…but if this helpless, innocent cat could suffer such horror in his body, then you and I must try to remember his story, not only out of respect for him and his brutal death, but also perhaps to prevent this kind of horror from happening again.

Quattro, a handsome gray and white stray cat, has died…murdered, actually, by five young boys under the age of ten who viciously beat the innocent stray to death with bricks and sticks. It happened near a school playground in Paterson, N.J., on May 9. Quattro died on May 15, under the tender care of Renee Olah, founder of Chance at Life Cat Rescue, in Hackensack, N.J.

Quattro’s injuries were extreme: a broken leg and skull; his right eye destroyed, and internal bleeding. And believe it or not, it could have been worse — if two compassionate brothers, age 14 and 12, had not stepped in, stopped the savage attack, and taken Quattro home, where for two days they tried to care for him. When a teacher learned of the attack, she turned to Renee Olah, founder of Chance at Life Rescue, who took Quattro to an animal hospital for surgery. But he was damaged so severely that on May 15, Quattro was euthanized.

Five brutal children. Two compassionate children. And an innocent cat. This story boggles my mind!
I urge the school involved, the police department, social workers, and the entire community to reach out to NSALA for guidance in this nightmare situation. Our wonderful humane education program, the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, can do so much to teach children the value of empathy, kindness, and the humane treatment of animals.

The two brothers who stepped in and tried to save Quattro deserve appreciation, gratitude, and encouragement. And Ms. Olah, who gave this precious cat his special name and worked so hard to help him, deserves support and thanks.

And Quattro? He deserved so much better. I will never forget him. And neither, I’m sure, will you.

With a broken heart,

Beth Stern

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