A Go Fund Me account has been created to help pay the medical expenses of a cat named Lucy, a victim of extreme cruelty whose story has outraged cat lovers around the world. The good news is that Lucy is recovering from extensive injuries that were allegedly inflicted over a period of months by suspect Declan Garrity, a financial analyst at Barclay’s in New York City and the roommate of the cat’s owner. The ASPCA has pledged to pay for Lucy’s medical expenses. Any money raised beyond the fund raising goal will benefit the ASPCA.
“Good news- Lucy is definitely feeling a little better again today and even ate some food on her own!” This is the latest word from Lucy’s owner, a 29-year-old woman known only as Danielle. Lucy had required a breathing tube and could not eat on her own because many of her teeth had been broken, according to press reports. “Her [Lucy’s] owner recently discovered that she was being physically abused, tortured, and traumatized by her new roommate and has suffered multiple serious injuries,” according to the Go Fund Me page. “Sadly, this kitty has suffered from broken ribs, legs, burns, and teeth and claw damage. Lucy is currently safe and her accused attacker has been arrested, however she is awaiting multiple surgeries and must first be stabilized.”
Garrity, 24, has been charged with felony animal cruelty, and made his first court appearance on February 24 in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the New York Daily News. A Facebook page that monitors animal abuse reports that Garrity is on leave from Barclay’s pending review. Garrity is an Irish national living in the United States on a work visa. A police source told the Daily News that he met his roommate through a Craig’s list ad. He is accused of secretly beating and burning the cat while its owner was away. He was released on bail, then re-arrested after the returned to the Upper East side apartment without a police escort to move his possessions.
The prosecutor in the case said that Garrity was terminated by Barclay’s, but Garrity’s attorney claims he is still employed. So far, more than $5,000 has been raised to cover the three-year-old cat’s $10,000 in veterinary bills. “So glad to hear the little girl had a better day yesterday,” commented one donor, Timothy McDonnell. “Sending her love, and praying for more good days.”
“I’m extremely grateful for the outpouring of love and generosity,” Danielle told DNAinfo.