Tortured with fireworks: Cat found on South Side expected to make it

A battered and bruised cat was hours from death when he was found on Chicago’s South Side this week. Animal shelter volunteers suspect the cat was  intentionally harmed with fireworks

The cat was found at 57th and Elizabeth in Englewood a few days ago with injuries common with animal abuse.

A volunteer from PAWS Chicago took the cat to the shelter where they named him Nicky.

Nicky had injuries to his neck, leg and torso. PAWS suspects fireworks were involved. They believe Nicky was once a house cat not afraid of people and was easily led into the wrong arms.
They encourage people to come forward and turn in animal abusers.
In time Nicky’s should be ok and he will go into foster care and then perhaps adoption.

24 comments

  • Jennifer Sutton

    Thank you thank you thank you WGN for doing the report on #nikkithecat I was with Georgie (follow her on Facebook at ChicagoTNR, she goes out every day for these animals!) on Saturday when she brought this sweet boy in and it was SO important to get his particular story out, especially with July 4th fast approaching. You are my favorite Chicago news and today you proved why. I’m so proud of you, Georgie, PAWS Chicago, and ChicagoTNR (“trap, neuter, return”) for all the work they do!

  • iateahumanb4

    57th and Elizabeth people over there are animals themselves no wonder the cat was tortured

  • Lee

    There is an epidemic of Feral Cats in the US.! Nikki is one of the lucky ones that is getting the help needed. I second Jennifer about George Black. (the one who found Nikki) She is out in those alleys daily helping these cats and doing community outreach. She is self and donation funded and can always use gas cards, PetSmart/Pet Supply Plus/Petco cards and good old cash. See her Facebook page like Jennifer mentioned ChicagoTNR and you can read more about her and her work. TNR IS the way to go to help these cats

  • woodsman001

    When you find out that your elected officials are just really bambi-cartoon-educated cat-licking imbeciles who are in favor of destroying everyone’s property and lives, spreading 3+dozen deadly diseases that cats spread to humans today, killing off all your rare marine mammals and inland otters from cats Toxoplasma gondii parasite, and torturing to death all our native wildlife with their vermin invasive species cats; then if you live next-door to a TNR cat-hoarder here’s some further help for you to permanently solve the problem 100% that these demented and astoundingly disrespectful cat-lickers cause — until the next election.

    If you live where its not legal to use firearms (areas zoned as “residential”) then check into 700-1200fps air-rifles and pointed vermin-pellets. Many of the new ones come with their own sound-suppressor designs built-in, specifically designed for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. Just remember, shoot-to-kill is a perfectly legal way to rid your homes and lands of these vermin cats in all 50 states. Shoot-to-maim is animal cruelty, and rightly so, all hunters know this. Don’t let them parade another illegal shoot-to-maim case in the media to exploit yet another suffering cat for donations for themselves. They torture enough cats to death with their TNR programs for that and make $millions by doing so. (Check out Better Business Bureau’s findings of “Alley Cat Allies” (All Lies) for one example of how to become a millionaire by torturing stray cats to death.) Then there’s always the “SSS and TDSS Cat Management Programs” that are exploding in popularity worldwide. Shoot, Shovel, & Shut-Up; or Trap, Drown, Shovel, & Shut-Up. Both methods are legal on every square foot of this earth. No local ordinances were violated if it never happened.

    Where cats have already learned to evade all trapping methods, then inexpensive generic acetaminophen (overseas paracetamol) pain-relievers are a more species-specific vermin poison — a method condoned by even Audubon, Smithsonian, and National Geographic today. Stray cats have been listed as “vermin” in the USA since the early 1900’s. (I learned this from a cat-licker. Thanks cat-lickers!) This is why it is even legal to use any and all vermin-poisons on them. For an even more species-specific vermin poison check into the toxicity of “Lilium” species of flowers too. Be certain the plant contains the word “Lilium” in the scientific-name (other plants with the word “Lily” in the common-name may be toxic to other species besides cats). Common N. American “Day Lilies” also work, they are the one exception to the rule that the name “Lilium” needs to be in the scientific name. Lilium species of flowers are 100% fatal to cats ONLY, even a bit of pollen on their fur that they lick-off will do. If they even drink a bit of water in which a bunch of Lilium flowers have been kept — that too is fatal, but totally harmless to all other species of animals (including dogs). Much safer for the environment and all other animals than the rat-poisons and antifreeze that cat-lickers have forced everyone into using on their cats. These plants when harvested and dried for year-round cat-eradication use is even better, as the unknown toxin is concentrated during the drying process (the blossoms and pollen being most toxic), and the dried plants are even more palatable to cats. An excellent mulch for anyone’s garden or a ground-up additive for any tins of food left lying around.

    However, you really need to dispose of that cat safely and hygienically so that wildlife won’t die from the deadly diseases cats spread even after their death. Leaving ANY cat out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than intentionally poisoning your native wildlife to death. I know this. I fed one of the hundreds of shot-dead cats on my lands to some wildlife under my care, those animals and their offspring that they had while under my care then died from some disease in that cat-meat. Cats truly are complete and total wastes-of-flesh. They can’t even be used to feed wildlife safely.

    • Correcting the "facts"

      50 states and DC have anti-cruelty laws that make intentionally killing a cat a crime.
      46 states and DC have felony penalties for aggravated acts of animal cruelty.
      Eight states authorize courts to include animals in protective orders in domestic violence cases.
      28 states authorize mental health evaluations or counseling upon conviction of anti-cruelty charges.

      • woodsman001

        Apparently this site is being moderated by more bambi-cartoon-educated, pavement-brained, mommies’-rental-basement dwellers who have never been off their own 1-block sidewalk. The upside is that as long as they keep deleting valuable information and keep you as ignorant as they are even more of your cats will be shot-dead because you’ll just keep letting them roam free. Send out some more free moving-targets. Hunting-sites online gladly share any and all info of anyone that runs “free feral barn-cats for adoption” programs. Not only are they free practice-targets between hunting-seasons but FREE DELIVERY TOO!

        Why is it that you useless cat-lickers lie, deceive, and manipulate everyone so blatantly, so much, and so often? It really is doing nothing to promote any of your credibility or even a reason for you to exist on this planet. Don’t you yet get the difference between the intent to just hurt an animal (illegal) and the intent to humanely kill an animal (legal)? If you think killing animals is illegal then get started prosecuting every hunter, farmer, rancher, stock-yard employee, veterinarian, animal-shelter employee, and even yourself for paying “hired killers” to kill animals that you cram into your cans and bags of cat-food.

        It is perfectly legal to shoot these domesticated cat species in all 50 states. You just have to shoot them on your own land or have the written permission of the land-owner, and be certain that you shoot-to-kill — as just maiming a cat IS illegal and falls under animal-cruelty laws (all hunters know this). The very same laws and principles that apply to humanely killing animals for hunting also applies to cats. They’re just another animal, they’re not some sacred cow. The only other thing that you have to be aware of are your local firearms ordinances. If you live on land that is zoned as “residential” then you can probably only use air-rifles. All other lands can use firearms.

        The law is that it is perfectly legal to destroy any animal on your property (or with the written permission of the property owner); someone’s pet or not; that is threatening the health, well-being, and safety of your family, animals, or even the value or integrity of your property. Also true even in most densely populated cities, firearms laws permitting, if not then 700-1200fps air-rifles with vermin-pellets are commonly used. The newer ones even come with a sound-suppressor design built right-in, being designed specifically for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, regulated game-animals (hunting season only, except for designated “small game” on your own lands which is year-’round no-license in most states), and any bird species under protection of MBTA (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Even then variances can be given should there be sufficient problem but this requires further study by authorities. Since cats are listed in the TOP 100 WORST invasive species of the world in the “Global Invasive Species Database” issg D0T org SLASH database/species/ecology D0T asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss , this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight, they are not on any protected species list anywhere in the world. Quite the opposite as a matter of fact.

        (This is precisely how I managed to clear out every last one of hundreds of these invasive species vermin cats from my own lands. On the sound advice of the Sheriff. Even he found that trying to reason with and warn the demented cat-lickers did no good. But shooting every last one of their cats finally worked! My lands have been 100% cat-free for over 4 years now, for less than the price of a couple cups of coffee for the ammo — on close-out sale, 5000 rounds for $15. That’s THREE CATS PER PENNY that were sterilized, permanently vaccinated against ALL diseases (even to those for which vaccines do not exist), and even given a permanent and “loving forever home” (2-3ft. under) so they can no longer destroy any more native wildlife — THREE PER PENNY!)

        Just remember, the cat MUST die for it to be 100% legal. A DEAD CAT IS A LEGAL CAT. Even if you have to slit its throat afterward to be certain — no different than a bow-hunter that is given a full day to track down a deer and slit its throat. That too is legal, not a good kill, but legal. Luckily, cat-lickers and their cats taught me to be an expert marksman, so I never had to resort to using anything other than a gun to finish off a cat. (Hint: outfit your rifle with a good scope and laser-sight, inexpensive on ebay. This will ensure a totally humane, instant, and LEGAL kill each and every time. Though use a fatal chest-shot, a head-shot is not always a sure thing.)

        Don’t give these cat-lickers yet another injured cat to exploit and parade in the media for donations for themselves. They torture enough cats to death with their TNR programs to do that. Check out Better Business Bureau’s findings of “Alley Cat Allies” for example. bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/alley-cat-allies-in-bethesda-md-107/financial They don’t even qualify to be a reputable charity and have (this year) conned $7M in yearly income and retain $6M in assets donated to them by fools, none going to actually helping cats. Unlike cat-lickers’ psychotic beliefs, the reality is that a cat is just another animal. It’s NOT their baby, their child, their offspring. Even if they do view their cats that way, letting them roam free is no less criminally irresponsible than them telling their child to go play in the freeway and then blaming the cars for their child’s death. If they let their cat roam free, NO MATTER HOW IT DIES, that is THEIR fault and they can be charged with all laws that clearly define animal-neglect, animal-abandonment, and animal-endangerment. Not to mention being in direct violation of all international invasive species laws in existence.

        In fact, here’s a publication from a study done by the University of Nebraska on the best ways to HUMANELY deal with a feral-cat problem wherever you live. This documentation INCLUDES the best firearms, ammo, and air-rifles required to HUMANELY destroy cats. deenawinter D0T files D0T wordpress D0T com SLASH 2010/12/ec1781.pdf

        Here too is a link explaining the best ways to administer a gunshot to an animal for humane and LEGAL euthanasia:

        granny-miller D0T com SLASH small-animal-livestock-euthanasia-on-the-homestead-what-you-need-to-know/

        Though in the case of cats, I would strongly advise against a head-shot. Use a precision chest-shot to a vital organ — out of the HUNDREDS of these vermin that I had to shoot and bury on my own lands to stop them from annihilating all the wildlife, these vermin cats always died in under 3 seconds, often less than 1, not even enough time to make a sound. From my own experience, and on the advice of others, I tried a head-shot once. Apparently a precision aimed head-shot to a cat, right between the eyes and even angled to split the spinal column, does not involve one of their vital organs. I guess a cat’s brain is NOT one of their vital organs. Who knew! (I surmise this is the origin of them having 9-lives. People trying to destroy cats by harming their non-vital brains.) It was the only time it took 3 more shots for a cat to die. I never repeated that “experiment”. (Mostly due to more than one on-sale bullet costing 1/3rd of a cent each was even too much to waste on any one cat.)

        In all cases, be sure to bury or incinerate the carcasses so all the myriad diseases that cats carry won’t go on to infect more wildlife nor humans. Bury or incinerate any gloves you’ve been using to protect yourself as well after the last cat is dead and gone.

        Returning these highly-destructive disease-infested invasive-species back to the land (other than buried deeply) is not an option. Leaving ANY cat out in nature, alive OR dead, is no better than poisoning your native wildlife to death. They must be destroyed, and ideally should be destroyed where you can safely retrieve that carcass and dispose of it as hygienically as possible.

      • colleen

        LMAOAY SORRY MANSWOODYLICKER LOLLOLOLOLOL we have all so busy laughing at you……..COWARDLY MANSWOODYLICKERS like you are just so ignorant and COWARDLY that anytime one shows up its hard for us to stop laughing at them, we sometimes forget that not everyone has evolved, so when you remnants of the WOODYLICKERS show up and start blithering and blathering we forget just how ignorant those WOODYLICKERS like yourself are and it just gets us to laughing again which as you know, when your laughing at someone it makes it hard to type. WE anticipate laughing at your COWARDESS and ignorance for a really long time, so its maybe its better if you don’t wait and just go back to your WOODYLICKING!!!!!!

      • woodsman001

        Poor poor Colleen, De Queen of De-Nial. You do realize that pretending to laugh like an hysterical imbecile isn’t going to make any of what I’ve stated any less true. You do realize this, don’t you. Do enjoy wallowing in your immense bliss of self-inflicted ignorance. It looks like that is all that you’ve got left to work with.

    • colleen

      I have never in my life read anything as ridiculously ignorant as your post. you’re the one who not fit for mulch. I was almost going to respond to your childish posts with the facts regarding all the twisted examples logic you have used in your posts but well…..your a waste of my time and attention. your an idiot and you cant fix the degree of stupid that you have reached LMAO!!!!!

  • woodsman001

    You are aware too, aren’t you, that out of ALL types of pet-owners on the face of this earth, that cat-lickers are directly responsible for the suffering deaths of more animals and more species of animals than any other pet-owners on the planet. If not having animals killed for their own consumption; then they are having animals killed and crammed into bags and cans and having a “CAT FOOD” label slapped on them for their cat’s consumption; and if they let their cats outside then they are senselessly torturing billions of native animals and countless thousands of native species to death yearly by having those animals skinned-alive and disemboweled-alive, wasted just for their cats’ play-toys. As well as the countless BILLIONS of offspring of all those animals that are either starved to death when the parents never return and those never get born. Cat-lickers are a triple-threat to all animal life on earth. How many animals are you going to have senselessly killed or tortured today for your entertainment and your idiotic and senseless “but cats make me feel good!” values?

  • woodsman001

    Not only are these demented invasive-species house-cats-ONLY “animal lovers” now killing off all Big Cats in all wildlife reserves around the world:

    thenational D0T ae SLASH news/uae-news/big-cat-owners-warned-to-keep-them-acres-away-from-feral-strays

    And for the ultimate example of absurdity and species-conservation irony, now making all moggie-licking residents of the UK (the inventors of that TNR insanity) the complete laughingstocks of the whole world, they’ve already made their ONE AND ONLY NATIVE CAT SPECIES EXTINCT in the UK with their invasive species “moggies”:

    guardian D0T co D0T uk SLASH environment/2012/sep/16/scottish-wildcat-extinction

    “A report, produced by the Scottish Wildcat Association, reviewed 2,000 records of camera trap recordings, eyewitness reports and road kills, and concluded there may be only about 40 wildcats left in Scotland in the wild today. ‘However you juggle the figures, it is hard to find anything positive,’ says Steve Piper, the association’s chairman. ‘The overwhelming evidence is that the wildcat is going to be extinct within months.'” … “However, it is not the loss of habitat that is causing the current cat crisis in the Cairngorms. It is the spread of the domestic cat.” … “‘Essentially the Highland wildcat is being eradicated by an alien invasive species: the domestic cat.'” (report quoted from 2 years ago, they are no-doubt extinct by now)

    As well as killing off all their inland River Otters in England (and elsewhere) with their cats’ parasites:

    wildlifeextra D0T com SLASH go/news/otter-toxoplasmosis D0T html

    As well as cats’ parasites killing off all rare and endangered marine mammals on all coastlines around the world (worse than any oil-spill that has ever existed or could even be imagined):

    news D0T msn D0T com SLASH science-technology/deadly-cat-feces-killing-thousands-of-marine-mammals

    environmentalhealthnews D0T org SLASH ehs/news/hawaiian-monk-seals

    Plus these cat-licking “animal lover” psychopaths and sociopaths are also killing off all the Mountain Lions (Cougars, Puma, Endangered Florida Panther, etc.), and all other native cat species in North America:

    rapidcityjournal D0T com SLASH sports/local/feral-cats-pose-threat-to-birds-lions/article_8ec451c9-4b03-55a3-baa7-71ac577905cb D0T html

    But now these cat-lickers are even killing off rare whales and causing massive birth-defects in the indigenous Inuit people who depend on seal-meat for their very survival. Seals that were infected (and are also dying-off) from these cat-lickers’ cats’ parasites.

    Cat parasite found in western Arctic Beluga deemed infectious
    news.ubc D0T ca SLASH 2014/02/13/bigthaw/

    Let’s thank these psychotic bible-home-schooled cat-lickers for all the fine work they do for being such fantastic “animal lovers”, shall we? THEY JUST LOVE CATS SO MUCH! So caring! So thoughtful! So intelligent! So FULL of love for living things! So much so that they will even sacrifice whole races of humans to death-by-birth-defect to prove how much they love their cats.

    I’d love to thank them all, each with a gift of a solitary-confinement prison-cell — FOR LIFE. Better yet, for their VAST ecological crimes and sins against all of nature and all of humanity, hanged-until-dead would be a far more fitting “gift” for them AND the whole planet. That used to be the punishment for engaging in bio-warfare against the human population and all other animal life in any country. I say bring it back — special, just for them.

  • YOUNEED HELPWOODSMAN

    LOL I’m sorry. But Woodsman, you really should check into therapy. There’s something wrong with you.

  • colleen

    DISGUSTING, LOWLIFE, COWARDLY, PUKES!! Anyone who commits this kind of cruelty, condones it, or does not report/expose it, is a COWARD. Torture of an animal, child, human is as COWARDLY as it gets. What possible name can there be to describe someone whos hurt something that cant POSSIBLY fight back. it is time we stopped calling people who do these kind of things sociopaths or psychopaths or narcissists. there are people who wear descriptions like that as if it were a badge of honor. They are nothing more than garden variety COWARDS and bullies. Yes we know people who commit these acts often move on to become serial killers etc, but the fact is even when they do move on they still always choose victims who are smaller, weaker or they use weapons to control them because they are just COWARDS, plain and simple. There is no lower form of a human than a COWARD.

  • George Black

    I am the Volunteer the resident called when she found Nikki.. In all the areas of Chicago I have volunteered Englewood residents have been the most helpful, kind, informative and happy to see TRAP NEUTER RETURN helping cats in their neighborhoods. I commend all the residents that have assisted me in the last 12 months. 500+ abandoned cats and residents indoor cats have been fixed and vaccinated for free at PAWS Lurie. I thank those residents today for calling me when they found Nikki. A large swath of Englewood once loaded with homeless cats and litter and letter are now under control.

  • Geena

    The commenter WOODSMAN is a known harasser of TNR and other humane action websites and threads. The faster states move to TNR, municipalities hire TNR teams and the success, management and tax payer savings accumulate via TNR that commenter seems more angry. Indiana just voted for statewide TNR. New Jersey voted statewide TNR..why? Because it works in a myriad of ways for discarded animals and taxpayers.

    • Jennifer Sutton

      Agreed. He’s just a sorry ignorant troll trying to get a rise out of people. Don’t engage him in his lunacy and hate. Ignore, block, hide.

      • woodsman001

        Is that all you got? I’m still waiting for even ONE of you useless cat-lickers to come-up with something that refutes even one thing I’ve ever stated. I’m still waiting.

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