We were as stunned as anyone yesterday at the sad news that Dexter kitten has gone to Rainbow Bridge. Along with everyone else, we thought he was ready to embark on a long, happy life; but his seizures were unrelenting and the decision was made to release him from the distress they caused.
The headline to this story is stark, but our heats are breaking at the news of Dexter kitten’s passing. Like many readers, we followed his journey from the day the story of his brutal beating and its aftermath was reported in the local FL paper one day early last June. Dexter received severe blows to the head, allegedly at the hands of pregnant 24 year Wilana Frazier and her two young sons, who she reportedly egged on to join her as she spewed a steady stream of curses during the beatings of two tiny kittens with a metal bat in broad daylight at a public playground. The other kitten died at the scene.
PetLuv Spay and Neuter Clinic, of Brooksville FL, took responsibility for Dexter and his care after a group of boys rescued him from the playground and took him to one boy’s mother, who wrapped the tiny victim in a t-shirt and rushed him to get care. PetLuv was initially very cautionary about Dexter’s chances of survival, due to severe head trauma, but as time passed they became more hopeful in their updates on his condition and development.
As many know, Dexter was fostered by PetLuv staffer Tiffany Sroka, who eventually adopted the sweet kitten who had made such remarkable progress.
We at Life With Cats followed each hopeful step in Dexter’s progress, each cute new photo, and each endearing video along with all his many supporters from all over. We made several updates on his story, with each one having an increasingly more optimistic tone until they finally became joyous.
Now he is gone. Those closest to him made the difficult decision to free him from chronic seizures brought about due to the severe head trauma. The decision was made out of love and cannot have been easy. We grieve for Dexter, and we send our sincere condolences to those who nurtured him and finally released him from this life.
The picture at the top of this post is our favorite, and is the way we will choose to remember Dexter, as a kitten who knew love and had a good home, and who received loving prayers and good wishes from both a local and a worldwide support system.
Here is Dexter’s final video, which shows him cuddling with and loving his Mommy. Run free sweet boy.
Cathy, Dexter’s great friend and advocate at Petluv, and Tiffany, Dexter’s caregiver and petmom, both of whom loved him greatly and deeply, each posted a public statement on the occasion of Dexter’s passing, as follows below.
Dexter’s seizures did not stop and through it the pain and suffering became more evident. It is with very heavy heart that I share with you our little Dexter has crossed over the rainbow bridge. Without being able to stabilize him it became clear that there were no realistic treatment options. There are many cats that can live long happy lives and still have seizures, but with his being because of the head trauma inflicted on him, his was a different story.
His life, although way too short, touched thousands of people and hopefully our little furry fighter also raised awareness…. if a 2 pound kitty can bring about so much support just think of what one human can do. Please continue to pay it forward and if someone asks why, tell them it’s because of Dexter.
I am so very sorry to have to share this news, it has been my honor to be able to provide updates, pictures/ videos and walk you through his story. At this time I ask that you please join me in thanking Tiffany and her family for giving little Dexter a life of happiness and endless love.
To everyone who has been so nice to share such kind words I would like to leave you with this. Dexter touched many lives. I chose to help get his story out there because I believed that he may be able to make a difference. Being a previous victim of domestic violence I know the feelings one may have afterwards. Dexter helped to show me strength and love despite what life may throw at you. If one person is changed by this or helped by this then it was all worth it. I would like to leave everyone with a sense of the love that we shared as a family and one that I would never forget. I loved my baby boy more than anyone will know but in those final hours I knew that I could not see him suffer so. Love is not only knowing when to let go but standing by ones side till the very end. I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the support you have given our clinic, my family and to my lil man. RIP Dexter we will always love you.