RSPCA accused of putting down kittens for manageable condition without telling woman

“However when they were most recently seen by cattery staff and an experienced independent vet, it was felt they had deteriorated significantly, they were struggling to bear their own weight and hold the weight of their heads up to eat, and sadly they were felt to be suffering.”Any previous veterinary assessment does not reflect the findings at the time this sad decision was made, as a marked deterioration had occurred.””Sadly, in view of the worsening condition in these kittens which resulted in them suffering, the vet who examined them made the difficult decision to put them to sleep.”We would like to thank the foster carer for her dedication and support and are sorry we were unable to get hold of her to explain the vet’s sad decision at the time.”The independent vet who put the kittens down for the RSPCA said in a statement: “When I examined the kittens some were doing well but staff were particularly concerned about two, who were constantly falling over, struggled to get up and appeared to be having difficulty eating.“Sadly they were not coping well. Given they had deteriorated and did not appear to have a good quality of life it was felt the kindest decision was to put them to sleep, with the consent of RSPCA staff. The RSPCA said they were following professional veterinary advice and that the condition had deteriorated to the extent that it was causing suffering to the kittens.An RSPCA spokesman said: “The kittens were assessed by an independent vet who found two had a deteriorating neurological condition which the vet felt was causing them to suffer as they were struggling to stand, hold their heads up and eat.”As animal lovers ourselves, we understand how upsetting this has been for the foster carer however we have to follow the expert advice of qualified veterinary surgeons when it comes to welfare.”Our staff would not go against professional veterinary advice when it comes to an animal’s welfare.”While it was initially suspected that the kittens had cerebellar hypoplasia – a condition which makes them unsteady but usually able to lead happy lives – the deterioration that occurred would not generally be expected with this condition.”When two of the kittens first showed symptoms consistent with cerebellar hypoplasia we wholeheartedly hoped they will be able to rehomed, like we have other cats with this condition. “I have been a vet for many years and decisions such as this are never taken lightly, always with a heavy heart but putting the animal’s welfare first.” Lucy Pauley, a veterinary nurse, with one of her other kittens Alvin and mother cat SophieCredit:Caters News/Caters News “The RSPCA is amazing as whole, one of the best charities in the world in fact, but this particular vet played God with two lives, and it’s not acceptable.”We wouldn’t do it to humans, so why are we doing it to innocent kittens?” The RSPCA has been accused of putting down two kittens without informing the woman who fostered them for a “manageable condition” which can cause a wobbly walk.Lucy Pauley, a veterinary nurse, was heartbroken when the two 12-week-old kittens she had temporarily fostered from the charity were put to sleep, as she claims they could have gone on to enjoy happy lives.They suffered from the neurological disorder cerebellar hypoplasia – also known as “wobbly cat syndrome” – which .Ms Pauley had returned kittens Pumba and Diddy to the RSPCA’s Coventry and District branch on August 8, and they were then due to be re-homed by the charity.But the 24-year-old claims they were put down without her knowledge two days later after they fell down a ramp at the cattery due to their condition.She claims it was a rash decision taken by a locum which went against earlier advice of another vet at the branch.”The result of this miscommunication is that two kittens who I had cared for since their birth had been put down due to a condition the RSPCA themselves had originally said was not life-hindering,” she said.”Unfortunately my kittens are gone but I have to move forward and make sure that awareness is raised about this condition, and how they have handled it. Lucy Pauley, a veterinary nurse, with one of her other kittens Alvin and mother cat Sophie Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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