Elsa, the cat found nearly frozen on an Essex roadside last month, has died.
Despite showing some signs of improvement over the past week, she continued to suffer long-term damage from hypothermia, Windsor/Essex Humane Society staff wrote in a post on the organization’s Facebook page.
Her foster mother, a staff veterinarian, rushed Elsa to an emergency vet after the cat woke up crying Saturday morning, the post said. Her body temperature was low.
“The Humane Society veterinarian who has been treating her consulted with the emergency veterinarian, and both agreed that the kindest option was to let her go,” a second post read.
“She passed peacefully in the arms of her foster mama. We all hoped to give Elsa the happy ending she deserved, but sadly, sometimes that’s out of our hands.”
On Jan. 9, an OPSCA officer found the orange and white cat sitting by Trembley Side Road, suffering greatly from both the cold and serious neglect.
Her hair was so matted that it had trapped urine and cat litter to her skin, causing her flesh to rot. Although veterinarian staff decided she needed surgery to remove the necrotic tissue, her unstable condition meant they had to treat the problem topically.
The cat’s weight — 18 pounds — and the fact it had been spayed and declawed, indicate it belonged to someone recently.
Humane society staff also discovered Elsa had severe problems with the bones and tendons in her paws caused by untreated complications from a previous declawing procedure. With the cat’s condition still too unstable to operate, staff treated her pain with medication.
Veterinarians estimated Elsa was four years old.
“Please hug your kitties tight tonight, and give them an extra treat in Elsa’s memory,” the humane society’s second post said.
The humane society is continuing to investigate Elsa as a potential case of pet abuse. Anyone with information about this cat or its past owner is encouraged to call 519-966-5751, ext. 16.
Anonymous tips can be made via Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477 or online at www.catchcrooks.com.