Girl’s heartbreak after beloved cat is put down by vet who thought he was a stray

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Kiana’s tearful farewell to Babies


A 10 year old girl is heartbroken after her beloved cat was put down, without the family’s knowledge or consent, by a vet who thought he was a stray. Her farewell letter to her dear Babies will tug at the heartstrings of all but the most callous.

Kiana Neeson’s mother, Julie, let her daughter’s 15 year old cat Babies out of the house Sunday night but he didn’t come back in when called.

Julie, Kiana and sister Tia, 13, searched their neighborhood in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, in Northern Ireland, but couldn’t find the cat.

On Monday, a new neighbor found Babies, who had lost his collar, and took him to a branch of the full-service pets supplies store Pets At Home, where a vet deemed him sick and, thinking he was a stray, put him down.

we’re not sure of the details, but Julie then learned what had happened.

Julie told Belfast Live: “Our neighbors knew Babies and they spoiled him as much as we did. Sometimes they allowed him to sleep in their house and he would come back to us in the morning.

“We called for him until 2am on Monday and then thinking he had been taken in for a cuddle, we went to bed fully expecting to seeing him the next day.”

Julie says Babies was taken to the store at 5:10 p.m. and added: “At 5:30 p.m. Babies was dead by lethal injection given to him by the Vets4Pets surgeon who works through the shop.

“When I got there they handed my cat to me and he was frozen. He had been kept in the freezer over night. He was frozen stiff and waiting to be disposed of. I couldn’t believe it.

“I demanded to see the vet and asked him what he had killed our cat for. The collar Babies had worn was gone before he got to the shop and he was treated as a stray.

“If any of my neighbors had seen Babies they would have recognized him and he could have been saved.

“I am devastated, my daughters are devastated and our neighbors who loved Babies felt so sorry for what had happened they gathered together and helped me pay £100 for a cremation for him today.

“I was able to bring Babies home and had to explain to my 10-year-old daughter what had happened. She’s just heartbroken. We all are.”

Julie Neeson posted the heartbreaking picture of Kiana saying her tearful goodbyes to Babies, which is seen at the top of this post, at Facebook. Kiana also wrote a touching goodbye letter to Babies, which is seen below.

Police were called to the scene and spoke to Julie and the neighbor who took Babies to the pet store, and a police spokesman says there was no crime report and no charges will be filed.

The vet posted on Facebook: “I’d like to express my sympathies to the cat’s family at this difficult time, and I am sorry that this decision was made without them being present.

“This poor cat was suffering from chronic renal failure and had been for some time.

“The cat was presented to us as a stray by a concerned member of the public who felt sorry for him and took it upon herself to bring him to the vets.

“She firstly asked us to check for a microchip. None were detected and he didn’t have any other means of identification. She then asked for him to be examined by a vet.

“I have 12 years of experience as a vet and was able to diagnose and recognize the severity of the cat’s condition as a result of a thorough, clinical examination.

“The cat was very thin and had lost an awful lot of weight. He was very dehydrated, had very smelly uremic breath and no tartar or oral disease to be anything else.

“I examined his abdomen and his left kidney was grossly enlarged. I could also feel a knobbly irregular indented surface which indicates renal infarction and major internal damage in the kidney.

A spokesperson for Pets At Home said: “We completely understand the family’s response and it’s never easy to lose a beloved pet.

“Our vet is very experienced, fully qualified and was acting in the best interests of the cat. We’d like to express our sympathies to the family at this difficult time.”

“Stray animals are frequently brought to our vets and they always receive a full clinical examination. We will always try to rehome them whenever appropriate.

“The cat was brought in and presented as a stray. Our vet carried out a full medical examination as we do with all animals brought to us.

“He was not wearing a collar, and was scanned for a microchip but none was found.

“Unable to identify the owners and with the cat suffering, he made the difficult decision to put him down.”


Kiana wrote, in part, in her farewell letter to Babies: “I am going to miss you so much that I want you to come back and I hope your happy in Heaven.”

Read the rest of her touching farewell below.



Kiana’s touching farewell letter to her beloved cat,Babies.


Babies, and an unnamed family dog

1 thought on “Girl’s heartbreak after beloved cat is put down by vet who thought he was a stray”

  1. Only a heartless person would say no wrong was done. That vet murdered a member of their family

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