There is sad news to report about Dexter, the kitten that survived a vicious beating with a baseball bat at a Florida park in June. The sixteen week old kitten was euthanized Monday following a series of uncontrollable seizures.
Last month it was reported that Dexter was well enough to leave the PetLuv clinic where he was being treated for severe head trauma and be adopted by vet-tech Tiffany Sroka. The tech had fostered Dexter in her home every evening during his recovery and brought him back for care at the clinic each morning.
Sroka also diligently kept Dexter’s 3,000 Facebook fans informed about his progress with updates and videos.
Cathy Fitzgerald, manager of PetLuv, told Tampa Bay Online that Dexter’s recovery has been an “emotional rollercoaster” for her and the other staff members who watched the little kitten start to get well and then take a turn for the worst.
Last weekend Sroka noticed the seizures that Dexter had been having since his attack were becoming more frequent and severe, so she brought him to the clinic.
The kitten and his sibling were allegedly beaten with an aluminum baseball bat and doused with water by Wilana Joenel Frazier and her two young sons (5 and 8). Frazier was reportedly angry with her children for playing with the stray kittens because she thought they might carry a disease.
Dexter’s littermate died at the scene, but Dexter was rescued by one of four boys who witnessed the abuse at a neighborhood park.
Veterinarians tried to control Dexter’s seizures with various medications during the weekend, but by Monday they realized the humane course of action would be to euthanize the kitten.
“You could tell he was in pain. He was so scared,” Fitzgerald told Tampa Bay.com. “I’m heartbroken.”
“This is all very new and it’s still hard to talk about,” Fitzgerald said. “At the same time, Dexter touched more than 3,000 people’s hearts and brought attention to the topic of animal cruelty.”
Frazier was charged in June with animal cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Her next court date is September 2.
Sroka wrote a final installment on Dexter’s Facebook page. “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.”
Photo from petluv via flickr.