• Report: #977898

Complaint Review: Furrbcats

  • Submitted: Tue, December 04, 2012
  • Updated: Sun, December 16, 2012

  • Reported By: Kara Cox — Winter Park Florida United States of America
Furrbcats
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Furrbcats Barbara Lafferty Beware of SICK cats...ringworm, herpes, respiratory infections, etc. and LIES!!! Internet

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Kara and Cupcake

*Author of original report: More lies by Barbara Lafferty

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Beloved Cupcake

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Cupcake

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We purchased our sweet white Persian kitten (Cupcake) from Barbara Lafferty at Furrbcats in December 2008.  When the kitty was delivered to my mother near the airport on Christmas Eve (it was a surprise for our children), he arrived with ringworm on his front paw and runny eyes.  Barbara gave my mother a container of anti-fungal powder for his paw and said that he was fine...but, to continue applying the powder to his shaved foot.  My mothter was worried, but did not want to ruin our Christmas plans for the children.  And, we understand that Persian cats have flat faces which often results in drainage.  (This was my third Persian cat since childhood)

For the first few weeks, Cupcake did well despite constantly cleaning his eyes (multiple times per day).  Then, the nightmare began.  The ringworm spread to his entire body and to all of our family members.  We treated him with everything imaginable, including lime sulfer dips and heavy duty medications.  It took SIX months and thousands of dollars until we were all free of ringworm.  NOTE: WE have NEVER had ringworm and he was our only pet (an indoor pet).  His upper respiratory problems got worse.  He was also hospitalized for a bladder infection.  We had to take him to specialists for his skin and eyes.  We were told that he had herpes in his eyes and will ALWAYS require medication.  He has been hospitalized several times for upper respiratory infections.  It is an ongoing battle.  We spent $5,000 on vet bills within the first eight months of having Cupcake.  That was in addition to the cost of the cat.  Each year, we spend a few thousand more.  Fortunately for Cupcake, we are able to afford proper care for him.  What about all of the buyers that could not write a check for $5k within the first year alone? 

When I called Barbara to complain about his ringworm, URI, etc., she made excuses and eventually had the nerve to suggest that I was not caring properly for my beloved cat.  She stopped returning my calls and I filed a pet lemon law complaint with the state of Florida.  She responded to the state wtih complete lies.  After speaking with our attorney, we decided that it was not worth it to file a small claims law suit.  While we wish that we had a healthy cat, we are happy that we can help Cupcake. 

As Christmastime is near, I started thinking about all of the families that are looking at Barbara's available cats for sale.  So, I googled Furrbcats and found this Rip Off Report.  I sympathized with the other victims and thought I would take the time to share my similar story to potential buyers.  My only motive is to help warn other people...I would never wish this on anyone.  Let the buyer beware of Furrbcats. 

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#1 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Kara and Cupcake

AUTHOR: Barbara Lafferty - (United States of America)


Kara. This will be the last time that I will be responding to anything that you write on this post. I have covered only the tip of the iceberg. I will soon have a private page on my website with scans of the written medical documents, communications, reports, photos, etc, to support my statements. For those whom would like to view the documentation, please contact me privately.

Kara, I have a life, with family, friends and a very successful cattery with appreciative, responsible, happy owners of my cats all over the world.

I work very hard taking care of my cat family and I place their needs above my own. I do whatever it takes and it's required, to make sure that my cats have the best of everything, including the brutal, exhausting, physical work that goes into it, and I comply with my vet's instructions.

I don't mind getting my hands dirty or drink one more cup of coffee at 1:00 AM, so I can stay up the rest of the night without any sleep, to properly care for a mama in labor or a newborn baby that needs my assistance.

Often I spend weeks bottle feeding a little runt every 2 hours round the clock, that is not strong enough to suck or compete for a nipple against it's larger and stronger littermates. Usually, I give these kittens away to a good home after exhausting myself, to make sure that they pull thru and have a chance in life. This is what Love, dedication and Fulfillment of Responsibility is. When you love an animal, you personally will do whatever it takes to make sure that they are properly cared for.

Cupcake was the product of two Healthy, Beautiful Championed Cats. There were 4 strong kittens in his litter. One boy that I kept and went on to become one of my sires, that produced top quality offspring. The third kitten went to Ohio, which by the way, they just adopted two more kittens from me a week ago and they are delighted. The fourth kitten from this litter, I'm assuming that is doing well, since I have never heard a complaint from those owners. So, if your kitten contracted feline herpes or any other contagious condition, look somewhere else for the source. My vet can attest that none of my cats have ever shown any signs of herpes.

You saw cupcake a couple of weeks before you took him, he had crystal clear eyes then. Two weeks later, the day that you took possesion of him, he came with a certified health certificate issued 4 days prior, again he had crystal clear eyes. Thirty days later, you write me to let me know how happy you are and how your vet has told you several times that Cupcake is a great kitty. On the photo that you included of Cupcake, he had crystal clear eyes.

Neither of Cupcake's parents, siblings, past or future litters from those two cats, have ever had a problem.

Kittens can contact viruses from direct or indirect exposure. That is why it is recommended that why you bring a kitten home, to isolate it from other pets and to avoid exposing them to people coming in and out of your house for the first few weeks until their immune systems develops and gives the vaccines a chance to create antibodies for these viruses. In my opinion, I suspect that this was not the case.

You will not succeed with your plans and relentless efforts to ruin my life or my reputation with your twisted statements to reflect self righteousness. I have done nothing but try to help you and Cupcake in the past. But there's only so much resistance and abuse that I will tolerate. There are certain things, people and situations in this life that you just can't fix. Unfortunately, this was one of them.

If you didn't want to keep the cat, you should have surrendered him when I gave you that option.

I do have the medical documentation and there's no denying that the kitten had some problems. But why? Most complications according to the medical records, were due to your negligence and resistance to follow up on your vet's medical advice, to immediately and properly treat a treatable condition by consistently keeping the medication schedule and dosage. You chose not to. You either didn't medicate him at all, or over dosed him.

You wanted the easy way out and your comments to your vet were, that you can't be bothered having to medicate the kitten twice a day and give him medicated baths, because you have enough to do with the children, never mind a kitten.

This statement and several others concerning your lack of responsibility to promptly and properly medicate the patient were documented on the medical report.

Your vet was very wise to document your conversations and actions. Actually, to be quite honest? Ater I read the entire report, I don't think that he charged you enough for all the aggravation.

The most shocking statement that you have made, is so far the one that you sent to the State of Florida on you written complaint, stating that the cat's tail had to be amputated, because the reason for the self mutilating behavior was due to a neurological phychotic condition that he developed from the ringworm meds and treatments. Are you kidding me? You couldn't make up something better than that? Do you have any idea how ridiculous and delusional this sounds? Specially when you included the medical report with your complaint, contradicting everything that you just claimed.  Did you even read that medical report? Or are you just in Denial?

Animals will chew off tails, legs, etc, when they're in PAIN! How long did the cat go with a broken tail before the pain became so unbearable that he tried to chew it off several times for days?

Your vet clearly described the tail condition on 08/18/09 as a "Tail Laceration at tip of tail in angle, appears to be Traumatic Lesion. Ortho-pet is sensitive to palpation of tail, cranial to the laceration and mild lateral displacement of vertebrae consistent with trauma. Pet is painful on palpation/manipulation. Trauma to tail and possible fracture/luxation, most likely cat caught tail on something." Discussed surgical amputation may be necessary to prevent self trauma.

The surgery/amputation was finally performed on 08/31/09. This was 13 days after the diagnosis of a fracture and the findings that the cats was in pain.

You kept Cupcake locked in a bathroom during this 13 days period with an E-Collar, where he continued to mutilate his tail.

On 08/28/09, Ten days after the diagnosis for the tail condition, it is documented that the cat was presented for a tail recheck. "Owner reports that Patient can still get to tail with the E-Collar on. Last night Patient was locked in the bathroom and got to tail leaving blood everywhere. Owner cleaned bathroom and put Patient back in this morning. Patient got to tail again. Owner said she is open to amputating tip of tail, but has already spent so much money and is considering giving Patient away."

On 08/29/09, documented comment from Owner:

"Owner came in to fill out paperwork for Cupcake's surgery. Owner would like Dr. to examing patient for ringworm. If Patient still has ringworm, she would like to cancel surgery and find a home for Patient or Euthanize Patient."

Can we feel the love yet?

On 08/31/09, Documented Call from owner.

"Talked to owner. Owner asked to go ahead with surgery, told her no vidual signs of ringworm currently." 

Only the tip of the tail was amputated.

10/27/09 Call from Owner.

"Owner called, frustrated with the fact he can still chew his tail with the e-collar on, wanting to try to purchase larger e-collar to see if that may work. Owner Knows she should have had more tail amputated, but is just trying to deal with what is going on now. Owner says area is not completely healed, but looks better than it did. Owner using antibiotic spray, wants to keep area open so healing may occur. Owner so frustrated, does not understand why this is happening, says he is living in the bathroom again."

This injury happened 8 months after you had this cat and you want to blame that on me too? 

I would love to know how that fracture really happened, although I have a pretty good idea. 

The medical bills for this tail injury, amputation and tratments were also included in a letter that I received from one of your relative attorneys, with your extortion demands for over $4,000.00 dollars after the State dropped your case.

You refused to present this kitten and the medical documentation to my vet for an evaluation and consultation with your vets. Or to surrender the kitten when it is clearly documented by your vet that you were planning to dispose of him one way or another. At the same time, you were sending me emails demanding moneys with legal threats to intimidate me, informing me of you family's long line of attorney relatives and influence, while you were still denying me my legal right to have the kitten inspectd.I suspected that you were trying to cover up something and the medical documentation confirms it. That was definitely a Huge Red Flag!

If you had a legitimate claim, and if you had provided the kitten and the full medical documentation to my vet for an examinationa and consultation as I requested on several occasions, should the kitten had been found to have a congenital defect as you claimed, I would have gladly given you a refund. But no, you were above all that.

Lets look at this situation in a different perspective. What company would issue you a full refund for a product that you claim is defective, or pay you an insurance claim, if you denied them the right to inspect and/or return the product? You must live in a different world than the rest of us.

Being a member of the First Presbyterian Church, The Country Club and several other organizations, does not place you above anybody else or makes you a good Christian. Only your actions will. A blind person can see right thru you.

I am assuming that all of the defamatory fabricated lies and insults about me that you sent to the State, written on this post, sending me an email posing as a potential client, under a false identity with malicious intentions as you so proudly stated in the state's report, deliberately lying about conversations that never took place between you and my vet, concealing and twisting the facts on why the cat's tail had to be amputated, falsely and maliciously accusing me of being suspended from CFA on your statements that you sent to the State, exempts you from being labeled deceitful and malicious? Perhaps, this is just your nature.

Another one of your impertinet statements that you wrote on your complaint to the state, was that you claimed that I had moved twice in one year and I needed to be stopped. You never cease to Amaze me Kara! Not that my personal life is any of your business, but I do have family and friends in both States of North Carolina and Florida. We spend time in both places without having to ask for your permission. You are not my keeper. 

Oh yes, you have a motive for sharing this report as you said alright. It is definitely not to tell the whole truth, but to make me look like a villain and you as a celestial victim. It is also to create a false impression that you loved and spoiled your "Beloved Cupcake" so much, that you were willing, planning and stating to me and to your vet that you wanted to get rid of him, even if you had to kill him. Well, Euthanized is the medical term for ending an animal's life, which is how your vet described what your intentions were. You vet even documented that he suggested for you to take the cat to the Humane Society, so they could place him in the Pet Finder, but yet you refused to surrender him to me.

Oh yes, that's real Love, isn't it Kara? You're just so Full of it aren't you?

The Halo that you're wearing is made of hate, resentment and deceit, which are states of mind that destroys Love and creates Suffering. 

I wish you Peace.
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More lies by Barbara Lafferty

AUTHOR: Kara Cox - (United States of America)

I am not surprised to read a response full of lies by Barbara Lafferty of Furrbcats.  After suffering through serious medical problems with our beloved cat Cupcake, Barbara has the nerve to stoop to blame me (the loving owner) for his poor health.  It's unbelievable. 

I have a stack of veterinary reports and bills that support my claims.  My team of vets at the Corrine Drive Animal Hospital in Winter Park, Florida at 407-895-3774 would be happy to answer any questions and substantiate my claims on Cupcake's health history.  And, Dr. Prieh at Animal Eye & Skin in Maitland, Florida at 407-629-0044 would be happy to verify that Cupcake suffers from Herpes of the eyes....a condition that he inheirited from his cattery which requires daily medications and will NEVER go away. 

I have no secret motive for filing this report.  I am a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, a member of the Country Club of Orlando, an active volunteer for the Foundation for Foster Children, a room mom and active volunteer at Lake Highland Preparatory School, a part-time interior designer and, most importantly, a full-time wife and mother. 

Cupcake is one of the most spoiled and adored cats in the world.  It is simply crazy to think that anyone could suggest that the owners are to blame for his immuno-deficiencies and poor health history.  My only motive in sharing this report is to help others avoid the problems that we have experienced with Barbara Lafferty and Furrbcats.  I want other families to have healthy pets.  Let the buyer beware.

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Beloved Cupcake

AUTHOR: Barbara Lafferty - (United States of America)

This is a very unfortunate and sad situation for both the kitten named Cupcake and to those involved.

My statements on this post can be backed by hard copies of medical documentaions and emails.

An official Forida Certificate of Veterinary Inspections was issued on December 19th of 2008, to a kitten named Cupcake, purchased by Kara ****. Woods lamp inspection for any active fungus or spores was performed and the kitten was negative for any fungus.

This kitten was in perfect health when he was examined by my vet and the Health Certificate was issued on December 19th, 2008.

On January 19th of 2009, thirty days later when Kara ****'s vet examined this kitten, it was found with no signs of any ringworm.

On January 25th of 2009, 32 days after the kitten was in Kara ****'s possession, I received an email from Kara, including a lovely photo of her daughter holding the kitten. They could not be happier.

This email stated, Quote on quote: I thought you would like to see an updated photo of Cupcake., here is Princess Kendall with her little prince.

The light was so pretty outside tonight, his eyes look so blue. He had a bath today.

We are really loving him. He is very playful and follows us every where. He wants to sleep on our pillows at night...ha. And, the vet told me several times that Cupcake is a great kitty.

Thanks again for raising such wonderful pets.

Sincerely,
Kara ****.

Now, does this sounds like this kitten came with every disease immaginable as she's claiming? On the photo, Cupcake looks great, with crystal clear eyes. I still have that photo.

After this email, I did not hear from Kara **** again until March 29th of 2009 to inform me about several problems that they were having with the kitten.

On February 10th of 2009, 7 weeks after Kara had this kitten in her care, is when according to the medical documentation, this kitten was diagnosed with a fungus spot on his back. Fungus spores are everywhere, such as in places like groomers, vet's offices, pet shops, schools, playgrounds, the outdoor ground, etc, etc.

However, this ringworm issue would have been very short term and over with, had Kara **** not refused to follow her own vet's instructions. On February 18th of 2009, the medical report forom her vet states:

Owner stated that she didn't want to have to medicate Cupcake twice a day and bathe three times a week. Explained to owner, that unfortunately this is what has to be done to help Cupcake. Keep in mind that is not a long term condition, but will not go away if not treated properly. Accoding to the medical report, not until April 24th of 2009, is that the first lion clip is recorded and on June 3rd of 2009, is when Kara **** agreed to have Cupcake lyne dipped. Kara refused to comply with medical advice and neglected to provide this kitten with the full recommended medical treatments from February 10th of 2009 to June 3rd of 2009.

I have copies of several emails between Kara **** and I, with written communications and the factual evidence of what has transpired during our communications.

Kara had ceased to respond and communicate with me after June 8th of 2009, when I insisted for her to take the kitten to my veterinarian to be examined and evaluated at my cost. Kara has refused to comply with my request to have this kitten examined by my vet, Dr. Parrott of Lake Whales Veterinary Clinic. Kara went as far as to make false statement on one of her emails, claiming that she had spoken with dr. Parrott on the phone to discuss Cupcake's current treatments and that after much discussion, Dr. Parrott was in complete agreement.

I immediately contacted Dr. Parrott to questions this alleged conversation that Kara claims to have had with her. I was not surprised to hear Dr. Parrott say that she had never personally spoken with Kara. I confronted Kara in an email that I sent her, with Dr. Parrott's statement denying that any conversations ever took place between them. Kara never responded.

I guarantee my kittens. If in fact they have a congenital or hereditary defect. An acquired medical condition from exposure to infectious agents, neglect, abuse, trauma or failure to comply with required medical treatments are not covered in my guarantee. I do require that the kitten/cat is to be examined by a vet of my choice, at my cost, including all medical documentations and findings from their vet.

Kara was demanding a refund for this kitten, plus several thousands of dollars, without willing to provide the kitten for a physical examination by my vet. I questioned her motives, which are not very clear after reading the medical reports provided by her vet. I simply wanted to know what had happened to a perfectly happy healty kitten in her care with physical evidence that he still exists, what condition he is in and why.This is my legal right according to the State of Florida's Pet Lemon Law. I made this very clear to Kara in which she totally refused to comply.

Cupcake's medical reports were provided to me by the State of Florida when she filed a complaint against me. These medical documents state that Kara **** has not been willing to comply with the recommended proper treatments for this kitten as I suspected. This has been confirmed by her own vets on their report.

Her refusal to promply follow the recommended shaving of the fur, delay topical treatments and her decision to double dose this kitten with dangerous oral medication or to not medicate him at all, goes against her vet's instructions and well being of this kitten.

I was never informed by Kara of a tail trauma/amputation due to a fracture that it is stated on the medical report dated August 18th of 2009, in which Kara claims that the kitten was chewing it's own tail off because he was a psycho cat. According to her vet's medical documentation on August 18th of 2009, Quote: The tail tip was on an angle and appears to be a traumatic laceration/possible fracture with mild lateral displacement of vertebrae consistent with trauma and most likely pet caught tail on something.

On a phone conversation that I had with Kara on June 1st of 2009, Kara informed me that having to medicate this kitten at home was an inconvenience, because someone had to be home to do this. Since they often go out of town to vaccation homes for several days at the time, they couldn't just leave enough food and water for the kitten to survive on his own until they returned home. This was the reason of why she wanted a kitten instead of a puppy, because with puppies, you have to feed and water every day and they have to be let out to relieve themselves. With kittens, you can just leave them for days.

I could not believe my ears and in the same breath, Kara informs me that she just wants to get rid of the cat wants it out of her house immediately and wants her money back. I have an email that I sent to Kara on June 1st of 2009, shortly after this conversation took place, where I asked Kara to take the kitten to my vet's office to surrender him if she was determined to get rid of him as she phrased it. My fears were that the kitten would end up in a pound and/or euthanized. I was in North Carolina at the time and could not pick him up in Florida. I was going to have my vet to board him for a few days until I could arrange to have Cupcake picked up. Needless to say, Kara was not going to take Cupcake to my vet for any reason whatsoever, not even to surrender him. However in her vet's reports, there is documentation of Kara's intentions to dispose of this kitten and euthanasia was even discussed on several occations, if she had to spend any more money on him.

I have tried to resolve this unfortunate situation with Kara **** and Cupcake, but Kara's failure to comply by the rules and the law, has made a solution to this matter impossible.

The complaint that Kara **** filed against me with the State , was dismissed in early 2010. I provided a response to the State with all of the medical documentaion and evidence of what transpired with this kitten. When Kara was provided with my statements, backed with copies of emails and the medical documentation provided by her own vet, she simply did not respond, so the case was dropped.

Kara's coment is that she wouldn't wish this on anybody? I agree. No one or any animal should have to go thru this.

Sincerely,
Barbara Lafferty
Contact: furrbcats@aol.com
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Cupcake

AUTHOR: Barbara Lafferty - (United States of America)

This is a very unfortunate and sad situation for both the kitten named Cupcake and to those involved.

My statements on this post can be backed by hard copies of medical documentaions and emails.

An official Forida Certificate of Veterinary Inspections was issued on December 19th of 2008, to a kitten named Cupcake, purchased by Kara Cox. Woods lamp inspection for any active fungus or spores was performed and the kitten was negative for any fungus.

This kitten was in perfect health when he was examined by my vet and the Health Certificate was issued on  December 19th, 2008.

On January 19th of 2009, thirty days later when Kara Cox's vet examined this kitten, it was found with no signs of any ringworm.

On January 25th of 2009, 32 days after the kitten was in Kara Cox's possession, I received an email from Kara, including a lovely photo of her daughter holding the kitten. They could not be happier.

This email stated, Quote on quote: I thought you would like to see an updated photo of Cupcake., here is Princess Kendall with her little prince. The light was so pretty outside tonight, his eyes look so blue. He had a bath today.

We are really loving him. He is very playful and follows us every where. He wants to sleep on our pillows at night...ha. And, the vet told me several times that Cupcake is a great kitty.

Thanks again for raising such wonderful pets.

Sincerely,

Kara Cox.

Now, does this sounds like this kitten came with every disease immaginable as she's claiming? On the photo, Cupcake looks great, with crystal clear eyes. I still have that photo.

After this email, I did not hear from Kara Cox again until March 29th of 2009 to inform me about several problems that they were having with the kitten.

On February 10th of 2009, 7 weeks after Kara had this kitten in her care, is when according to the medical documentation, this kitten was diagnosed with a fungus spot on his back. Fungus spores are everywhere, such as in places like groomers, vet's offices, pet shops, schools, playgrounds, the outdoor ground, etc, etc.

However, this ringworm issue would have been very short term and over with, had Kara Cox not refused to follow her own vet's instructions. On February 18th of 2009, the medical report forom her vet states: Owner stated that she didn't want to have to medicate Cupcake twice a day and bathe three times a week. Explained to owner, that unfortunately this is what has to be done to help Cupcake. Keep in mind that is not a long term condition, but will not go away if not treated properly. Accoding to the medical report, not until April 24th of 2009, is that the first lion clip is recorded and on June 3rd of 2009, is when Kara Cox agreed to have Cupcake lyne dipped. Kara refused to comply with medical advice and neglected to provide this kitten with the full recommended medical treatments from February 10th of 2009 to June 3rd of 2009.

I have copies of several emails between Kara Cox and I, with written communications and the factual evidence of what has transpired during our communications.

Kara had ceased to respond and communicate with me after June 8th of 2009, when I insisted for her to take the kitten to my veterinarian to be examined and evaluated at my cost. Kara has refused to comply with my request to have this kitten examined by my vet, Dr. Parrott of Lake Whales Veterinary Clinic. Kara went as far as to make false statement on one of her emails, claiming that she had spoken with dr. Parrott on the phone to discuss Cupcake's current treatments and that after much discussion, Dr. Parrott was in complete agreement.

I immediately contacted Dr. Parrott to questions this alleged conversation that Kara claims to have had with her. I was not surprised to hear Dr. Parrott say that she had never personally spoken with Kara.  I confronted Kara in an email that I sent her, with Dr. Parrott's statement denying that any conversations ever took place between them. Kara never responded.

I guarantee my kittens. If in fact they have a congenital or hereditary defect. An acquired medical condition from exposure to infectious agents, neglect, abuse, trauma or failure to comply with required medical treatments are not covered in my guarantee. I do require that the kitten/cat is to be examined by a vet of my choice, at my cost, including all medical documentations and findings from their vet.

Kara was demanding a refund for this kitten, plus several thousands of dollars, without willing to provide the kitten for a physical examination by my vet. I questioned her motives, which are not very clear after reading the medical reports provided by her vet. I simply wanted to know what had happened to a perfectly happy healty kitten in her care with physical evidence that he still exists, what condition he is in and why.This is my legal right according to the State of Florida's Pet Lemon Law. I made this very clear to Kara in which she totally refused to comply.

Cupcake's medical reports were provided to me by the State of Florida when she filed a complaint against me. These medical documents state that Kara Cox has not been willing to comply with the recommended proper treatments for this kitten as I suspected. This has been confirmed by her own vets on their report.

Her refusal to promply follow the recommended shaving of the fur, delay topical treatments and her decision to double dose this kitten with dangerous oral medication or to not medicate him at all, goes against her vet's instructions and well being of this kitten.

I was never informed by Kara of a tail trauma/amputation due to a fracture that it is stated on the medical report dated August 18th of 2009, in which Kara claims that the kitten was chewing it's own tail off because he was a psycho cat.  According to her vet's medical documentation on August 18th of 2009, Quote: The tail tip was on an angle and appears to be a traumatic laceration/possible fracture with mild lateral displacement of vertebrae consistent with trauma and most likely pet caught tail on something.

On a phone conversation that I had with Kara on June 1st of 2009, Kara informed me that having to medicate this kitten at home was an inconvenience, because someone had to be home to do this. Since they often go out of town to vaccation homes for several days at the time, they couldn't just leave enough food and water for the kitten to survive on his own until they returned home. This was the reason of why she wanted a kitten instead of a puppy, because with puppies, you have to feed and water every day and they have to be let out to relieve themselves.  With kittens, you can just leave them for days.

I could not believe my ears and in the same breath, Kara informs me that she just wants to get rid of the cat, she wants it out of her house and wants her money back. I have an email that I sent to Kara on June 1st of 2009, shortly after this conversation took place, where I asked Kara to take the kitten to my vet's office to surrender him if she was determined to get rid of him as she phrased it. My fears were that the kitten would end up in a pound and/or euthanized. I was in North Carolina at the time and could not pick him up in Florida. I was going to have my vet to board him for a few days until I could arrange to have Cupcake picked up. Needless to say, Kara was not going to take Cupcake to my vet for any reason whatsoever, not even to surrender him. However in her vet's reports, there is documentation of Kara's intentions to dispose of this kitten and euthanasia was even discussed on several occations, if she had to spend any more money on him.

I have tried to resolve this unfortunate situation with Kara Cox and Cupcake, but Kara's failure to comply by the rules and the law, made a solution to this matter impossible.

The complaint that Kara Cox filed against me with the State , was dismissed in early 2010. I provided a response to the State with all of the medical documentaion and evidence of what transpired with this kitten. When Kara was provided with my statements, backed with copies of emails and the medical documentation provided by her own vet, she simply did not respond, so the case was dropped.

Kara's coment is that she wouldn't wish this on anybody? I agree. No one or any animal should have to go thru this.

Sincerely,

Barbara Lafferty



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