Sunday, November 11, 2012

Oscar Suffered at Greenhill For Nearly a Month

Oscar, after his much needed eye surgery.

Admin Comments:  Debi McNamara took care of Oscar after his delayed (thanks to Greenhill) and much needed surgery to remove his extremely painful punctured eye.  I have added the bolding and italics.

Testimony from Debi McNamara 9/17/12:

On July 28th a cat named Oscar and his mother and siblings were taken to the First Street shelter. Oscar had an injured eye. His mother and siblings were tame and adoptable. Oscar allowed shelter staff to draw his blood and vaccinate him. Because of his injured eye, Oscar was separated from his family and put into ISO. His behavior quickly deteriorated, and because of his terror of being alone in a new situation and the pain in his eye, Oscar started hissing and swiping at people.
Oscar had a confirmed adopter who was experienced with working with feral and semi-feral cats. The former LCAS staff networked to find him this home.
The Greenhill veterinarian labeled Oscar "dangerous" and would not do a comprehensive eye exam to determine the extent of the injury. Pain medication was given to Oscar for three days. The Greenhill veterinarian made the assessment that the eye injury was not painful because Oscar's behavior did not change after being given the medication. The vet determined that Oscar was a poor candidate for eye surgery because she did not think the Greenhill staff could administer pain medication to him after the surgery. The vet also did not think a barn home was suitable for a one-eyed cat. Greenhill recommended that Oscar be better socialized before he had his surgery.   

Oscar was transferred to a rescue on August 24th. I am the foster person who cared for Oscar. After spending the evening with him at my home, it was clear to me that Oscar was not just frightened, but that he was in a lot of pain. I informed the rescue's director. The response was that Oscar was scheduled for surgery as soon as possible (August 28th). Help was needed for transport to get Oscar to his surgery appointment. A Facebook post was sent to the rescue's volunteers and all was quickly arranged.
When Oscar came home after surgery he allowed me to administer his pain meds that night. Thereafter, I mixed the meds with some canned food and he ate every bit of this, twice daily. Had he not eaten the food, I would have taken Oscar to my vet and we would have figured out a way to administer the needed pain medicine. Oscar healed quickly and has been transferred to his new home.
I asked the rescue to please contact the veterinarian who had done the surgery on Oscar to answer some questions for me. Here is the response:
"I spoke with Dr.B and he said it looked like Oscar had some kind of trauma to his eye. By the looks of the eye it appeared that it was some kind of puncture to the eye ball itself that caused it to rupture. He felt that for the following reasons that it was best that the eye be removed. 1. It was untreatable with medications 2. It was non visual (and he wouldn't ever regain vision in that eye) 3. It was painful."

Oscar was in Greenhill's care from July 28th to August 24th. During this time he was in a great deal of pain from a punctured eyeball. The Greenhill veterinarian should have tranquilized Oscar and given his eye a comprehensive exam as soon as possible after intake. Greenhill then should have performed the eye operation as soon as possible, figured out a way to make sure he got the needed pain medication post surgery, and adopted him to his new home after his eye had completely healed. Instead, Oscar suffered in fear and pain, needlessly, for nearly a month.

This is the difference between "Can Do" on the part of former LCAS staff and the rescue, and "Can't Be Bothered" on the part of the Greenhill management.

That this cat suffered with a punctured eyeball in a state of fear for nearly a month inexcusable.
Below is Oscar's full medical file please click to enlarge:  If you would like the full pdf document of this file please email