Shelter Dogs  

Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell

Benetar hops into your heart

Cat Benetar, a coy, female young adult brown tabby, came to the SPCA of Tompkins County as a stray. In addition to being very skinny, she was covered in Benetar the brown tabby fleas with itchy ears and missing teeth. Most notably, her right hind leg was continuously flexed. Although she seemed comfortable while hopping around in her cage, she did not appreciate extension of her hip or knee joints of the affected leg. On physical exam, her pelvis was normal; her leg bones were stable; and her right knee seemed thickened. Her leg seemed to be permanently flexed.

The big question was whether or not we would have to amputate her abnormal leg. Luckily, the veterinarians from Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at Cornell determined that amputation was not necessary. Her leg was likely flexed because of an old injury, and it does not cause her any pain. She gets around on three legs just fine, and she looks super cute doing it. We treated her fleas and ear mites, and she is eating wonderfully. After her spay, Cat Benetar will be ready to hit you with her best shot! Please help her find her forever home.