Family upset after animal shelter amputates cat's leg

Posted at 9:45 AM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 09:45:20-04

A Philadelphia family is upset after an animal rescue shelter amputated their cat's crooked leg.    

Kim Schmidt says "Stinky" the cat walked was born with the malformed rear leg. 

The cat escaped from home over the weekend and when a neighbor found the animal, it was taken to ACCT Philly, a rescue shelter. 

Employee Ame Dorminy says the shelter takes in about 15,000 cats annually and the staff there made a decision that the cat could be adopted out more readily if its bad leg were amputated. Dorminy says the shelter doesn't have an X-ray machine and made the decision quickly because of how many animals the shelter rescues. 

Schmidt says she retrieved the cat within 48 hours and is criticizing the amputation as hasty and unnecessary.