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May 31, 2012
Animal Services looking for information about cat found in garbage bag
On May 29, a one- to two-year-old cat was found tied up in a black plastic garbage bag inside a cardboard box in northeast Toronto. The box, which showed signs of movement inside, was discovered by a City of Toronto Works crew in the area of 4220 Midland Ave. at Steeles Avenue around noon on Tuesday.

A worker contacted Toronto Animal Services. An animal care and control officer opened the box and bag and found a female cat with medium to long brown tabby fur. The cat had a shaved area on its side, with a surgically-placed feeding tube going to its stomach. She appeared to be otherwise healthy.

The cat was transported to Rouge Valley Veterinary Hospital. The hospital is treating the cat and has contacted animal clinics in the area in the hope of finding a veterinarian who has treated the cat. The feeding tube appears to have been implanted a few weeks ago.

Having been unable to determine why this cat has a feeding tube - she is eating normally and so far is not displaying any unusual symptoms - the veterinary hospital will perform surgery on the cat today (May 31) to remove the feeding tube.

Toronto Animal Services is looking for anyone who might have information about this cat, including anyone who may have seen the box being left at the side of the road, anyone who might recognize the cat, or a vet who may have placed the feeding tube.

Animal Services is also seeking donations to help with the cat's care. Any person who can provide information or wants to make a donation can contact 416-338-PAWS (7297).

Once this cat is medically cleared, and if no owner comes forward, Animal Services will be looking to provide this cat with a new home.

For a photo of the cat, visit

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