Texas man fights to get cat back after saying veterinarian stole him

Texas man claims veterinarian stole his cat
Texas man claims veterinarian stole his cat

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) – An Austin veterinarian says a doctor at his clinic removed more than 100 hair ties from a cat’s stomach, saving its life.

The original owner, Derek Hawke, took the cat to Hometown Animal Care in Pflugerville in February. Records show the cat weighed only 3.3 pounds when it should have weighed close to eight, and it had a 90 degree temperature when it should have been closer to 101.2. Hawke disputes the clinic’s assessment of the cat.

Hawke says the cost quoted for surgery plus after-care was not affordable, so he surrendered ownership of the cat to the clinic.

With ownership transferred, Hometown Animal Care performed the surgery. Dr. Tom Sutton told KXAN a doctor found 111 hair ties inside the cat’s stomach.

A clinic employee eventually adopted the cat. It now weighs 8.5 pounds.

Hawke is unhappy with the situation and has filed a complaint in early June against Hometown Animal Care.

The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners is investigating the complaint, and will determine whether any discipline is warranted.

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