A woman who breeds lynx declawed her lynx. That caused this cat to be crippled. It’s illegal to declaw big cats in California. It’s illegal to declaw big cats and wildlife if the animal has a USDA permit. It’s illegal to declaw domestic cats in some cities such as Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.
We tried to do an intervention with this woman. We offered bigger enclosures, enrichment, toys and free declaw repair surgeries on all her cats. She refused. Instead she threatened to sue me and have me arrested.
I’m posting this today because a good friend and animal rescuer named Annette lost her puma today. The puma was declawed by the previous owner with wire cutters. Annette took her into her sanctuary because she was crippled. She needed padded floors because her paws were painful. Last week she ate some of the padded flooring which caused a blockage.They tried everything but she died. Had she not been declawed, this would not have happened. The only saving grace is that Kiara may have helped other big cats. Video of her limping was shown to USDA. USDA then made it illegal to declaw big cats or wildlife held under a USDA permit. RIP Kiara. Below is a photo of her. She was cared for by Wild Heart Ranch
|Annette of Wild Heart Ranch with Kiara before she passed away.|
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.
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