By Hervé Pavageau
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“Sadness, incomprehension but also anger”.
Coralie Ganivet and Aurélien Vrignaud took up the pen to explain what they feel.
These words, written in a letter, were deposited in about sixty mailboxes in the villages of the Nursery and La Grenaudière, at Maisdon-sur-Sevre (Loire Atlantique).
The couple speaks to their neighbors to denounce the act of cruelty to which their catCortex.
On Sunday, April 24, the European-type cat returned to its home at 2:25 p.m.
“He came back with his mouth smeared with blood and his jaw shattered,” testifies Coralie Ganivet, journalist at L’Hebdo de Sèvre et Maine.
The couple believe that the feline was the victim of a road accident. He calls the emergency services.
Cortex is brought to the veterinary clinic custody of Vertou. His vital prognosis is engaged.
A first consultation suggests the hypothesis of a collision with a vehicle. But the diagnosis changes the next day.
The new radios are formal. Cortex was the victim of gunfire.
After shredding the jaw, the bullet lodged in the shoulder. The events most certainly took place in the village.
Because according to the couple, who relies on the analysis of veterinarians, “if Cortex miraculously survived, he could not have had the strength to come from too far to seek help”.
Nothing justifies shooting a domestic animal in the head. The hunting season being closed, it cannot be an accident but a deliberate act of animal cruelty.
An act punishable by law with two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 30,000 euros.
On Monday, April 25, the couple filed a complaint with the Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine gendarmerie, which announced that it was conducting a neighborhood investigation.
A family impacted
Cortex is still between life and death. The cat underwent a heavy reconstruction operation.
The bullet destroyed everything. 5 pins were placed in his jaw. He will have to remain hospitalized for several weeks or even months to receive the necessary care to limit the high risk of infection.
The couple accepted the intervention. The diagnosis estimating that the domestic animal had a 60% chance of getting out of it.
For young parents, it “isn’t just about a cat”.
Beyond the ethical and moral questions, this malicious act also impacts the life of the family who “will live in uncertainty for months”.
A solidarity kitty launched
A family who also mobilized those around them to raise a large sum and try to save Cortex’s life.
The very high cost of the intervention strained the home’s budget. The couple has also launched a solidarity kitty on the site: www.onparticipe.fr.
Since the distribution of the letters, the family has received messages of support from neighbors.
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