Cat ‘clings on’ after passers-by encouraged dogs to attack it

A cat named Buddy is fighting for his life after two people appear to encourage their dogs to attack him. The brutal scene, which unfolded earlier this week in a Philadelphia neighborhood, was captured on video.

“Buddy is still hanging in there,” the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which provides Buddy with veterinary care, posted on Facebook on Thursday. “He remains in critical condition, but we are cautiously optimistic.”

Buddy the cat receives treatment after a brutal attack by two dogs.

Surveillance footage (warning: the video is disturbing, although the more graphic parts of the attack have been blurred) shows two men walking dogs in front of a fenced porch in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia. The men let go of the dogs’ leashes, and the dogs enter the porch and attack Buddy, who can be seen sitting inside the fence. Dog walkers can be heard exclaiming, “Good boy!” before a man comes out of the building and intervenes.

“Right now, our biggest concern is stabilizing Buddy,” PSCPA spokeswoman Gillian Kocher told HuffPost in an email, adding that vets are also focused on pain management and make sure he is comfortable. The black cat suffers “wounds all over his body”, but does not appear to have any internal bleeding or broken bones.

The two men who apparently killed their dogs on Buddy have not been identified. If caught, they could face felony animal fighting and aggravated animal cruelty charges, Philly Voice reported.

Despite his injuries, Buddy’s personality shines through.

“Buddy seems like a gem for all we can say so far,” Kocher said. “He loves chin scratches, head nudges and loves a warm rag over his whiskers. Only time will tell what else his personality has in store, but we think he has a bright future if all goes well.

Prior to the incident, Buddy was a stray dog. A local family had him spayed, but then found he “didn’t want to live indoors” and began leaving him food and water on their porch. Kocher said the family “did wonderfully well.” However, she says, “if Buddy recovers, he won’t be going home, but will be looking for a new one.”


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