Miracle Cat Comes Back From The Grave!


UPDATE! April 24, 2016 We know you haven’t heard from Bart in awhile, but he is still doing GREAT! In fact, he recently got visits from a couple of his fans. First, he and this special young lady really bonded when she was with us for Critter Camp. When he saw her last week he got so excited and rolled right over so that she could pet him. Second, this wonderful lady has been following his story since the beginning and came by to see how healthy and happy he has become. He was happy to show her the ropes of life at HSTB (sleep, eat, play, snuggle, repeat). And, finally, we wanted you to see how exhausting the celebrity life can be; here is Bart mid-yawn and ready for a nap after his morning of socializing <3 Bart-in-Toy-Basket
UPDATE! February 23, 2016 Bart really is the sweetest thing but, every once in awhile, the cattitude comes out! While being visited by a friend, Bart promptly plopped on top of the toy basket so that the curious interloper would not have access. Silly kitty, we love you!

UPDATE! January 13, 2016 See how Bart is doing nearly one year after being hit by a car, buried alive, and clawing from his grave! Thanks to FOX 13 News for shooting the footage.
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UPDATE! January 1, 2016 Happy New Year from our sweet boy, Bart! As you can see, he is fairly unimpressed with the festivities

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UPDATE! November 29, 2015 Looks like Bart had a little to much Thanksgiving. Well, he deserves it!

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UPDATE! October 30, 2015 You asked for it, you got it! Many of you have been wondering how our famous, one-eyed friend is doing. Well, he’s fantastic and happier than ever, and we’re still waiting on the courts to decide custody. Here, he is guarding the entrance to the break area where the staff keeps their snacks because, you know, he gets first dibs.

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UPDATE! September 22, 2015 Here is a picture of handsome Bart taking a moment out of his play time to pose for the camera. Such a silly kitty. He is doing well, loving life and getting more spoiled by the day. Still no news on the legal case with his previous “owner”… so for now he’s still living it up at HSTB.

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UPDATE! July 22, 2015 It was a snuggle up and nap kind of day for Bart. Or, is that the Princess and the Pea? Whichever, the more layers of fluff, the better the snooze!

Still no update on the pending court case, we apologize!

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UPDATE! June 25, 2015 We post a lot about how much love Bart is getting, and he is! BUT, we may have neglected to inform you about how much love and joy he brings to US! He is a courageous, friendly, silly and affectionate kitty who greets us each day with happy enthusiasm and makes us laugh with his goofy way of jumping on our keyboards and trying to eat our lunches. Here, he made a volunteer’s day by giving her a cuddle and a kiss when she went visited him over the weekend.

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UPDATE! June 19, 2015 While we don’t have any information to share about the court case (still in process) we do have a cute picture to share. Yesterday, Bart got a visit from an avid fan and had a wonderful time showing off his skills with his favorite toys. The little girl had so much fun, she and her mom went out and bought him a laser toy then came back to give it to him and play some more

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UPDATE! June 8, 2015 While there is still no news about the ongoing court case, we can report that Bart is doing very well in our care. He is a happy, playful and affectionate kitty who LOVES to meet new friends, like the little girl pictured here. She came in with her mom to finish registering for Critter Camp and was so excited to meet Bart. They played together for quite awhile and we’re sure she’ll be back to say hello.

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UPDATE! May 12, 2015 Bart had to share his space with a former adoptable who was visiting for the day. Bert the gentle giant, and Bart the fiesty feline were doing great until the unknowing pit mix traveled too close to the room where Bart’s food is kept (behind and to the left of Bart). At that point there was a hallway stare down with kitty growls and doggie whimpers. The poor, intimidated pup quickly loped off to find a different office to nap in while Bart pranced around in victory.

Note: Bert belongs to a staff member and is gentle with cats. We know him very well and he was supervised at all times, as was Bart.

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UPDATE! April 29, 2015 This lovely Canadian family was vacationing in Tampa Bay and took time out of their week to come visit with Bart! He loved meeting them and showing the children how good he was at chasing his toys around the desk. He’s an international star who just wants to be snuggled and loved!

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UPDATE! April 24, 2015 It’s getting pretty warm here in Tampa Bay, so Bart spent this lazy, hazy afternoon fishing.

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UPDATE! April 16, 2015 Bart helps comfort a nervous kitten who recently arrived at the shelter.

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UPDATE! April 14, 2015 Bart got a visit from a two-legged friend who came by to read him a story before his afternoon nap.


UPDATE! April 13, 2015 Today, depositions began in the custody case for Bart. Ellis Hutson and Dusty Allbritton were deposed today and HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk will be deposed next week. We wanted to let you all know that the case is in process. We are still hopeful of a victory so that Bart can continue to thrive (see pictures above) and find a loving forever home.

UPDATE! April 2, 2015 Is Jack searching the basket for the perfect toy to share with his friend, Bart? Or is he simply hoarding all the goods? Either way, these two are TOO CUTE together!

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UPDATE! April 1, 2015 No April Fools joke here, Jack actually allowed Bart to nap in his favorite purple bed! They are becoming fast friends. Unfortunately, our staff member was without a desktop for a little while!

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UPDATE! March 30, 2015 Bart is a happy camper as he recently got the wires removed from his jaw and received some further repair to his palate. Dr. Justin Boorstein is very happy with his healing progress and how well he came through the surgery, although it will still be quite some time before his mouth is completely healed. He said that Bart should soon be able to start eating dry food again! In the picture above, he is happily giving himself a post-surgical bath while overseeing some of the staff in their office.

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UPDATE! March 25, 2015 Today, our good friends from Humane Society of Pinellas came by for a visit and got to play with Bart. He showed them his favorite toy and how he has mastered the art of snagging that ribbon!

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UPDATE! March 20, 2015 Bart got a visit from some young fans today and got to take his first unselfie with them! He continues to do well and will most likely get the wires removed from his jaw in the next two weeks. We’ll keep you updated!

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UPDATE! March 12, 2015 Bart got a visit from some very generous fans who personally presented him with his very own stroller! They wanted him to be able to get some fresh air, safely! These wonderful ladies from Sunshine Accessories in Tarpon Springs had a great time visiting with Bart and introducing him to his new ride. We can’t thank them enough!



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UPDATE! March 11, 2015 Today, the author of Buzz Beau Blatt the Wonder Cat sent Dr. Justin Boorstein (Bart’s surgeon) a signed copy of her children’s book In Honor of Bart! As you can see, Bart was much more interested in a snuggle with his favorite doc, but that’s OK; this book will be perfect for our Critter Camp to help teach humane values and the resilience of animals! Thank you, Linda Sumas Blatt!

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UPDATE! March 9, 2015 Bart has received several wonderful beds from fans across the country. Today, he found this one particularly snuggly. The perfect place to spend a Monday, don’t you think? Many thanks to all the generous folks who have sent him beds, toys, blankets, treats, cards and well-wishes.

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UPDATE! March 6, 2015 Bart got a luxurious bath today with a safe whitening shampoo to help make him look even more handsome than he already was! He also got a little bling on his collar and a bow to match. But his favorite part of the pampering session was a post-spa snuggle fest with a favorite staffer.

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UPDATE! March 5, 2015 Today, the legal process to determine custody of Bart began in court. Over the next few weeks our legal team will conduct discovery into the circumstances surrounding his situation. We will provide legal updates as they come available. In the meantime, Bart continues to do well, making great strides in his recovery, lounging in sunbeams and enjoying attention and affection from volunteers and staff.

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UPDATE! February 27, 2015 Not only is Bart healing well but he is also making friends! Our former feral boy, Jack, who lives at our administrative building was happy to share his favorite desk with a new friend. He didn’t budge from the bed or offer to share, but we’ll give it some time! We’re just happy to see Bart acting like a happy, normal cat again!

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UPDATE! February 25, 2015 It’s been a busy day for Mr. Personality! He received a letter from a fan in Germany, a new bed and treats from an admirer in Pittsburgh, and this toy from our staff which he LOVED! You can see from the picture the progression from vague interest to “oh I get what I’m supposed to do” to “SUCCESS!”.

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UPDATE! February 23, 2015 We don’t have much new to report on the custody case but we can say that Bart is doing fantastic. He is still healing and eating well, and has mastered the litter box! We are so proud of him. Above is a picture of him taking a nap in one of our staffer’s laps after eating his lunch.

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UPDATE! February 16, 2015-Bart is thriving under our care, eating well and gaining weight. He is enjoying more mobility and gets frequent visits from staff, volunteers and visitors. He loves the attention and has become quite the cuddle bug.

We know there are questions about Bart’s situation and future stemming from the pending lawsuit with Mr. Hutson. Because this is an open case, there are things about which we cannot go into detail. However, we would like to try and answer some of the most frequently asked questions in the best way we can.

QUESTION 1
Why did you change your mind about returning Bart to his owner? We received information that the owner was actually present when Bart was buried and there was a witness claiming the cat was still alive. In addition, we discovered that Bart was not brought to us immediately after he crawled out of the grave. He suffered from severe injuries for at least 2-4 days in the care of his owner before the medical treatment was sought; this is against the law.

QUESTION 2
Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center is stating that they have not filed cruelty or neglect charges against the owner. Is that true? Although no charges have been filed to date, we are still hopeful that the county will file charges based on evidence of violation of the following Hillsborough County Ordinances:

  • Sec. 6-21 Rabies Vaccination Requirement
  • Sec. 6-22 Registration & License tags Requirement
  • Sec. 6-24 Display of Tag Requirement; Cat Identification
  • Sec. 6-25 Humane Treatment of Animals
  • Sec. 6-26 Cruelty to Animals
  • Sec. 6-28 Confinement to Property; Dogs and Cats at Large

QUESTION 3
Is the Humane Society of Tampa Bay using Bart to “line their pockets” (raise money)? The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is a Charity Navigator 4-Star Charity for five years running. This is the highest rating possible for fiscal responsibility and transparency. Only 3% of money we receive goes towards administrative costs (including salaries). No one’s pockets are being lined.

Most importantly, all money we have received as a result of Bart’s story has gone into a restricted fund called “Save-A-Pet Medical Fund” to pay for Bart’s medical care. This money can only be used to cover the cost of medical care for pets, like Bart, whose owners are unable to afford veterinary treatment. So, in actuality, the money we’ve raised is being given right back to the community by offering free medical treatment to pets in need.

  • In 2014 we provided $53,413 in financial assistance from our Save-A-Pet Medical Fund for the treatment of 261 dogs and cats.

QUESTION 4
When will the issue of Bart’s custody be resolved? As of today, February 16, 2015, a court date has not been set. We will announce the date once it is determined.

QUESTION 5
How can I adopt Bart? If you are interested in adopting Bart, please send an email with your contact information to communications@humanesocietytampa.org and we will add you to the list. Please understand that the list of potential adopters for Bart currently stands at more than 100 individuals.

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UPDATE! February 11, 2015– On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay was served with official Hillsborough County Court documents notifying the Society that it is being sued by Ellis Wayne Hutson for the custody of Bart the cat.

Mr. Thomas Gonzalez, of Thompson Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, has agreed to volunteer his time to represent the interests of Sherry Silk, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, and Bart the cat. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay will review all legal options to keep Bart safe and secure. Bart continues his medical treatment and care at the Society’s animal hospital.

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UPDATE! February 6, 2015– We have some great news about Bart! Check out that empty dish to his right, he is eating like a champ and taking his meds orally with no complaint. When we went to visit him, he was cleaning himself and full of meows and headbutts for us. He is definitely feeling better and his cute little personality is starting to shine through even more. And, we got word from Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center that they will be sending an officer to investigate the situation at the Hutson residence.

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UPDATE! February 4, 2015– We are so pleased that Bart continues to improve, day by day. Today when we approached his cage, he actually got up and walked to the door to greet us with chirps and meows. He is also showing a good appetite and interest in eating. He still needs the feeding tube and his jaw will remained wired for another 6 weeks, but he is definitely on the mend. We are proud of the little guy!





UPDATE! February 2, 2015– Well, Bart surprised us today by taking his first bites of food since coming to our facility on January 23. This is a very good sign of his continued recovery. Because he is unable to eat enough food to sustain him, he will still need his feeding tube for several more weeks. He receives feedings every 4 hours through the tube to ensure that he is getting enough nutrients. We are so proud of this brave boy!

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UPDATE! February 2, 2015– Bart is resting comfortably this morning but is still unable to eat on his own. Our Director of Medical Operations believes he will need his feeding tube for a few more weeks until his jaw and palate are completely healed.

bart-jan-30UPDATE! January 30, 2105– New Information About Bart: Recently we have learned new information about Bart’s home environment and the circumstances leading up to his burial. Therefore, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay does not intend to return Bart to the Hutson family. We are prepared to fight for the best interests of this cat. We hope the Hutson family will do the right thing and surrender Bart to our care so that we can find an appropriate environment for him to live out his life.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Save-A-Pet Medical Fund, along with donations for Bart that we have received from generous individuals all over the world, will cover the cost of all medical care required and will help replenish our Save-A-Pet fund for other animals in need. We are not asking the Huston family for any money to cover any costs.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay had no involvement with the creation of the GoFundMe campaign set up to cover the cost of Bart’s medical care, nor have we received any funds from the account to date. Again, Bart’s medical costs are being covered by our own Save-A-Pet Medical Fund. Our concern is for Bart’s future.

As always, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is dedicated to the plight of companion animals in our area and strives to protect and promote their best interests at all times.

UPDATE! January 28, 2015– Bart was struggling due to anemia. One of our shelter cats, Draco, was the donor for a blood transfusion to help Bart feel better. The transfusion went well and both cats are happy and resting comfortably.

UPDATE! January 28, 2015– Bart came through his surgery very well and is resting comfortably in our care. He will be able to go home in 5-7 days once he is able to eat on his own. Full recovery will take about six weeks. He is a brave boy!

UPDATE! January 27, 2015– Bart will be having surgery to repair his jaw and remove his eye today.

Bart2We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake! Our public hospital is currently caring for Bart, a 1.5 year old cat who was found by his owner after being hit by a car. The cat appeared to be lifeless and the owner buried him. Five days later, the cat showed up in a neighbors yard, alive! He had dug himself out of the grave and slowly made his way back home, albeit weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention.

The owner reached out to area veterinary clinics but, unable to afford their fees, brought him to the our Animal Health Center where he is being treated for a broken jaw, open facial wounds and a ruined eye, which will have to be removed. Luckily, the injuries sustained were not more serious. HSTB veterinarians expect him to recover and be able to go back home.

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414 Responses to “Miracle Cat Comes Back From The Grave!”

  • susan:

    I’m horrified they are giving this poor cat back to the owner who didnt keep him safe indoors so caused this car damage, buried him without checking for vital signs, then turned him in to the Humane Society BC they didn’t want to pay his vet bills. Get him a better home or it will just happen again and will be fatal the next time.

    • Someone:

      I agree. He deserves better and more responsible owners. You should check out the video in http://www.gofundme.com/kqy6cg

      I’m sure the owner doesn’t mean bad but very irresponsible way of handling a traumatized cat especially when it should be at a vet after undergoing such horrific events of being severely injured and then buried alive! It was given “treatment” (why would you wanna wipe his injured face when he has multiple fractures on his jaw and mouth?!!) at home instead for a couple days after he dug himself out of the grave!

      It really pains my heart to see such irresponsibility!

      • laura masulli:

        What is wrong with letting you cat outside???? mine love it, it is nature and I don’t get the criticism for the owner letting the cat out???? maybe i missed something. Cats are meant to be “wild” as far as out enjoying nature and all….

        • carrie:

          WOULD YOU LET A TODDLER OUTSIDE ALONE? a cat doesnt know to stay away from cars let alone other animals and fleas that cause deadly heartworms.

          YOU WOULDNT LET A CHILD OUT UNSUPERVISED AND YOU SHOULDNT LET AN ANIMAL. NATURE ISNT NATURE ANYMORE, UNLESS YOU LIVE IN A RURAL AREA WHERE YOU COULD TRULY SAY IT WAS A NATURAL FOREST ENVIRONMENT (STILL WITH PREDATORS BUT THATS NATURAL DEATH) VERSUS A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH CARS FOR A COMPLETELY UNNATURAL DEATH FOR A CAT.

          ITS A LIVING CREATURE THAT EXPERIENCES HURT AND PAIN, YOU SHOULD DO ALL YOU CAN TO PREVENT HARM TO THEM.

          • Donald Shelley, Jr.:

            get A grip LADY. comparing A CAT TO A TODDLER IS SO FAR OUT THERE i CAN’T IMAGINE HOW AN ADULT WOULD MAKE THAT CONNECTION. unless IT IS A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO HUMANIZE CATS SO WHEN YOU HAVE YOUR CATS OVER TO DINNER THEY CAN SIT AT THE TABLE, KITTIES TABLE, AND EAT AND MEOW ALONG WITH YOUR FAMILY, IF YOU HAVE ONE.

          • darlene fox:

            you get a grip donald shelley, jr. why is it so far out there? are they both not living creatures subject to what fate should bestow upon them? are they both not lives that feel pain and hunger, have a will to survive and are dependent upon you to care for them,, keep them healthy and safe? carrie, i have often said the same thing as to letting one’s cat outside unattended is like letting a toddler outside unattended. you can at least tell a toddler not to cross the street or talk to strangers. not that they will remember or obey but they know what you are saying. a cat only hears human voice making noise and does not comprehend what you are telling it if you say “don’t cross the street and don’t go near strangers”.
            an outdooor cat is subjected to
            wild life predators,
            vicious dogs,
            evil and cruel people,
            vehicles,
            getting locked in a garage or shed for long priods of time,
            getting caught in a vehicle’s motor,
            trapped in a moving trailer or van,
            being poisoned, be it intentionally or not,
            hunters – be it those using guns, crossbows, steel jaw traps or any type of trap,
            people who collect cats and sell them for medical research,
            snatched up for pit bull training, diseases and injuries,
            getting lost or chased out of familiar territory and lost,
            and numerous other things.

            and of course, someone else just might decide that if the cat is outdoors and subjecteed to any and all of the above, they may just decide to keep your cat since you don’t care enough to keep it indoors. that’s how i got my fourth cat. don’t know if he was owned or dumped but he was friendly and outside. the plan was to have him neutered and return him where i found him. fiirst part got done immediately. i still haven’t gotten around to returning him to where i found him. i found him in april 2009, LOL! call me a catnapper but as i see it, a person who lets their cat outside is leaving it as fair game to so many negative things. so equally the cat is fair game to me too. not to mention the cat was a full grown young adult that was not neutered. obviously the owner was not a respponsible pet oowner.

        • Cynthia Clayworth:

          If one lives in the country with no busy highways then letting cats outside might be okay. Cats are not NECESSARILY “wild” unless they are feral. Cats are domesticated animals which means we are responsible for their well being. If you insist on letting your cat outside be prepared for illness, injury and/or a premature death.

          • NOELLE:

            To Donald Shelley, Jr.:

            What is wrong with comparing a cat to a toddler? They may not be human to you, but to many they are family and just as much human as a toddler. Call it what you want. Animals have rights and they feel joy, happiness and they feel pain and suffering. Why should they be less valuable because they are not human? What makes human so deserving? You are one good example, you are unkind, arrogant, and sound like a jerk and have the ball attacked someone who cares more about other being besides herself. For your information, animals have a mind like a child, they are sweet and innocent. They are not mean and unlike human, they have no malice. You should learn somehting from animals. maybe you will be much a ncier human being

            I will reserve my judgment in regards to the owner since I am not there and I do not have the fact. However, I can tell this much, if my cat is hurt, I will take him/her immediately to the hospital, I’d not just bury it.

        • M. Hunter:

          They are called domestic house cats for a reason! CATS don’t BELONG OUTSIDE… TOO MANY HAZARDS AND RISKS. THIS CAUSES HEARTACHE AND irresponsibility FOR HUMANS AND unnecessary PAIN AND suffering TO THE KITTY. LOOK AT WHAT THIS KITTY HAS TO endure BECAUSE OF absent MINDED people. YOU wouldn’t LET A CHILD OUT WANDERING ALONE SO WHY A beloved PET.

        • Lori:

          Actually cats are NOT “wild” animals. They are domestic animals. In being so they do not have the instinct and sense to be able to live outside. Your cats are the exception. Not the rule. Studies have proven cats live longer being inside. Bart is a perfect example that cats DO NOT belong outside.

        • Gregory Girard:

          It is true kitty cats are basically wild animals. One of mine escaped mid-winter years ago in the bitter cold. He was gone all winter and presumed lost forever. Joggers were seeing him and told me. I set a live cat catch trap and bagged him. he was gone 77 days. I lived near the woods with no cars. After 77 days his fur was like a wooly mammoth and he had not lost an ounce (very happy to be home). So what you say is true.

          He was in his element living like a bobcat and doing fine. Near the street and dogs and other people that do cruel things, they are helpless. indoor cats like Russian blue routinely hit over 20 years old indoors. average life when allowed outside 2-3 years. As bart the cat. Cats cannot survive suburban or urban world.

        • Michele:

          I agree, cats love being outside. The cats owner is not a horrible person for letting the cat out, Nor are they a horrible person because they cannot afford the vet bills. Get real people ! Stop the ignorant comments. I really do hope the owner gets their cat back. To know your cat is alive but you cant have it…. how horrible.

        • dave:

          IN MY STATE, MANY PEOPLE HATE CATS, MY NEIGHBOR LET’S HER PITS LOOSE AND STEPS BACK INTO THE SHADOWS WHILE WATCHING HER DOGS RIP CATS APART. SHE THINKS IT’S FUNNY.

          • Catrescuer:

            http://youtu.be/fpHzfQt12EY This is why he should not have his his cat he calls “it” as he rubs salt in his eye and they call him Markie bc he wasnt fixed.

          • Regina:

            Kitty, i agree with u. I simply despise this “daisy girl” & depise the owner. Bart never had eVen 1 visit 2 a vet so how do we even know bart “belongs” 2 him?…these people r like the socialpathos that r featured on. “Criminal minds”

            I have confidence that there is enough good people here to Squash Cockroach daisy, & the owner will somewhere down life’s road will make a stinking pile of road kill. Good will truimp & bart is good.

          • Morgan:

            So tell us, dave, what you are doing to help these poor cats that your neighbor is killing? That sub-human better be glad i am not her neighbor, i actually take action to do the right thing. “Be the change”

        • M. M. Sands:

          It’s been less than one hundred years that cats have been perceived as an indoor pet — kitty litter was only invented halfway through the 20th century. Before that, you brought the dog in at night, and put the cat out. feral cat colonies thrive in cities as well as in rural areas. True, cats are a prey species, and true, some dogs, cats, and people have more sense than do others, while some have way less sense. An indoor cat will live longer, just as any captive wild animal lives longer in captivity than in the wild. keeping a cat as an indoor/outdoor pet, or as an indoor only one depends largely on the place and the people involved. If you’ve got neighbors like the one who gets her pit bulls to tear cats apart, you have to worry — of course, once dogs get a taste for blood, they’ll go after children just as readily, so those pit bulls will be put down soon enough as a result.

        • Debbie Kidwell:

          I don’t know of a single place in this country where it’s legal to let a cat run loose. the same leash law that applies to dogs apply to cats. cats can be very destructive as well as annoying to neighbors who don’t own any. that’s what is wrong with letting your cat outside. not to mention the dangers they face outside, traffic and people who hate them. not everyone loves your cats and you need to know that before letting them outside.

      • Nicole:

        You all disgust me. Obviously the veterinarian wouldn’t have given him back if neglect was expected. And why do People have pets if they can’t afford them? Hardship happens. That’s life. The idiocracy and judgements on this post are the reason i lose faith in mankind.

        • Eduardo:

          The more I know mankind, the more I love animals.

        • Carrie:

          What do you think now??

        • CRAZY CAT LADY:

          tHEY HAVENT GIVEN BART BACK TO THE OWNERS, THE OWNERS SAID THEY COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY FOR THE CAT. I HAVE READ SOME POSTS ABOUT THE FAMILY SAYING THEY HAVE BEEN ILL TREATING THEIR DOG AND POOR BART. BUT NOW THEY ARE SUEING TO GET BART RETURNED TO THEM EVEN THOUGHT THEIR CHILD HAS BEEN SEEN BEATING THE DOG WITH A STICK APPARENTLY.
          IF THEY CANT AFFORD THE VETS BILLS HOW CAN THEY AFFORD TO PAY A SOLICITOR!!!!!
          THE FAMILY HAVE WRITTEN ON THE INTERNET THAT THEY WANT TO BUILD A GLASS HOUSE TYPE ROOM FOR THE AT AND CHARGE PEOPLE TO SEE “THE ZOMBIE CAT” (THEIR WORDS NOT MINE)
          DOES THAT SOUND LIKE SOMEONE WHO SHOULD KEEP PETS ????
          I WOULD BE ASKING THEM IF THEY CAN PAY HOWEVER MUCH IT IS GOING TO COST FOR ALL OF BARTS TREATMENTS AND MEDS, AND ASK THEM TO PAY THE COMPLETE BILL IN FULL, LETS SEE THEN IF THEY WANT THE CAT BACK.
          I HOPE THERE IS SOMEONE WHO CAN TAKE BART IN PLEASE DO NOT GIVE BART BACK TO THEM.

          • Vicki brown:

            WHERE CAN I FIND THE VIDEO OF THE child BEATING THE DOG? I’ve HEARD OTHER PPL mention IT BUT I haven’t seen it. .. THX.

          • Natalie:

            That is most likely why they want the cat back, because they don’t look at it as a pet anymore. They, along with their attorney, are just looking at the $$$ profit potential of the ‘zombie cat.’ How sad, heartless and greedy of them.

          • Lori:

            bart should not be aloud to return home the humans did not care about him at all burY him alive wth and now wont to sue give me a break screw the ower no pets allowed for him bart deserved a good happy life god bless you bart

      • Caryl:

        “Someone” posts about the gofundme account…yet no monies have been given on the cats behalf. I wonder if the feds are going to check out that account and arrest the creator for fraud. if the money is suppose to be designated for the cats care…then why haven’t the hospital caring for the cat received a penny???

        • Susan:

          Caryl. I will tell you that the feds will not get involved! We had a so called rescue here in Illinois that pulled 1200 cats from Chicago Animal care and control over a 6 month period! and finally someone there caught on wait a minute! They sure have been pulling a lot of cats/kittens. And when the investigation started on them. What they had done was put 300+ of the cats into a 3 flat apartment that they were paying the woman’s mortgage on! but once they stopped paying her mortgage she opened up the doors and tossed all of the cats out! There are still 634 cats were their location is unknown! 🙁 But back to the gofundme account issue. This horrid woman and her husband and more than a handful of disgusting fosters had these gofundme account or others like it! When the case went to trial and the question was raised about all of the money they had taken in for these cats. Some had been dead for months but they still where claiming they were receiving vet treatments. The Money raised on this sites are considered Gifts or Donations! They do not fall under any statue involving fraud! it is disgusting and a Shame that People can do this and get away with it! And just pocket the money!

      • Angela harrison:

        please please please do not give bart back!!! I am willing to adopt him!
        Angela 941.565.6763

      • tracy:

        yes, and i don’t understand how someone COUlD mistake a cat for dead when he’s not. before i bury a cat i keep him in a special place in my home until rigor sets in, and longer, to make sure he’s passed on to heaven.

    • Fran:

      I, too, am shocked that people who say they can’t afford vet care continue to have animals. How much did they pay for their tv, boat, etc.? What would they have done if a family member needed medical treatment? There is no reason folks can’t put a small amt of money away each month in the bank as an emergency fund for their pets.

      This is another reason to keep your pet cats indoors! I’m shocked that the cat is being returned to the original owner.

      • Sarah:

        while I prefer for cats to be indoors also, it is harsh to say someone who can’t afford a vet bill should not keep pets. I have had animals all my life, most of them only ever needed routine care which is not that expensive.

        I completely understand the need to shop around for prices when your pet needs above and beyond the usual care. I had a kitten when I was 18 who had luxating patellas, the surgery for that was going to cost 2400 a knee, not a lot of 18 year olds have 4800 lying around for animal care. I found a veterinarian who charged me 1400 for both which he did in one session. Good people deserve to be able to keep animals. this person made a mistake in judging their beloved pet to be deceased – but is now doing the right thing by getting him proper care.

        • Kevin:

          I agree. there are to many strays out there that don’t have a home at all. At least this kitty had a chance at a better life, as opposed to living in the streets and possibly being impounded and put down It’s unfortunate that he got hurt, and that someone willing to take in a cat wasnt prepared or competent enough to handle the situation. He’s not eating out of a dumpster so….

        • Kathy Mack:

          I agree with you, Sarah. Through no fault of their own, my son’s dog swallowed a wine cork. (They don’t drink so someone had to have thrown it over their fence). Surgery was going to be $4000 and they couldn’t afford it. So, they had to surrender the dog to the Humane Society, who took care of the surgery. Fortunately, after the dog recovered, a family member was able to adopt him and give him back to my son. (By the way, if this shows up as being typed in all caps, I’m not intentionally doing it – it is just what is happening when i type in this form)

        • Kira:

          We just found out our dog has a luxating patella. She’s only 10 months old. While this was unexpected, we are prepared to pay for the very expensive surgery, because she is family and we knew when we adopted her that at some point in her life she may need expensive care. I agree that if you have pets, you should try and keep up an emergency fund for situations like this, but you cannot expect every pet owner to have thousands of dollars on hand for these things–I know many people who don’t have that much set aside for their own human family members’ health issues.

      • Dee:

        you have to realize sometimes things happen for my example i ended up wIth caNcer so i lost my job, i scrape pennies to take care of my animals bUt if something like this happened i wouldnt have anyway to pay for it. Ive groomed animals for my career of only 11 years.
        so yes i have 2 cats and 2 dogs aLL Rescued So your saying i should get rid off them and put them baCk into a sheLther? Please think before you post stuff no this isnt me but have a heart Before you post stuff.

      • June:

        Judgmental much?

      • M. M. Sands:

        If you can’t afford a vet, it’s not exactly likely that you’ll have a boat, etc. But then, I suppose you think that unless people are wealthy enough, they shouldn’t be allowed to have children, either. After all, if you can’t afford to farm the kids out to boarding school and a retinue of nannies, you should be sterilized, right? At least, that’s the impression I get about your belief system.

    • Suzanne:

      I agree. Do not give him back to the “owner.”
      He could have someone will keep him inside. Please, for the cat’s well being.

    • jENN:

      I felt the need to reply to your comment since you don’t know very much about cats. How can you blame the owners for this terrible accident? because the owners let the cat outside you feel they weren’t properly taking care of their pet? shame on you for such moronic comments. cats love the outside. if you ever saw in indoor cat what do they do most of their day? they sit by a window taking in the rays and watching what is happening outside. cats really shouldn’t be indoor cats because they are being deprived of their natural instincts. to hunt and stalk. that is another reason why they should never be declawed. it’s extremely cruel.

      • D.A. King:

        I’m with you Jenn!

        • brenda:

          I totally agree! Accidents do happen. and affordable health care for our beloved pets is just as difficult to come by as affordable health care for ourselves. I see nothing irresponsible in this story except for those responses whom assume that only rich doctors should own a pet

        • Cheri:

          I totally agree with you jenn.

        • Valerie Window:

          I agree with Jenni. Cats must be allowed to be cats. I am sure the Humane Society completely know what they are doing. Obviously there is more to this case than has been published. The mistake was in not checking properly that the cat was indeed dead. for those who are not sure how to do this, you can a) tap an eyeball to see if there is a reflex b) check for breathing by watching the chest or holding the nostrils to your cheek or a mirror. c) check for a heartbeat ……which will be where the elbow sits when the front leg is moved backward.
          Hope this helps. all very sad and i hope this little boy gets a loving new home.

      • Outdoor cats are an ecological menace, and should not be allowed: they have a hugely negative impact on wildlife, and are a dangerous invasive species. See e.g. http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/08/14/domestic-cats-are-a-huge-destroyer-of-wildlife/

        • Larry Darryl:

          Your description fits humans perfectly.

        • CMiller:

          Humans have a larger impact on the ecology than cats, my friend. I’m pulling for Bart and his human companion. They are meant to be together!

          • Armando:

            I FEEL THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH RETURNING the CAT BACK TO HIS family. I HAD ALMOST the SAME experience WITH A cat I HAD WHEN I was OVERSEAS. OUR FAMILY cat WENT INTO convulsions AND JUST laid THERE FOR HOURS . I TOLD MY DAUGHTER HE HAD PASSED AND we must prepare FOR his funeral, SO I PLACE OUR cat IN THE tool SHEd. The next day I RETURNED with a small box . WHEN i OPENED THE SHED DOOR , MUCH TO MY SURPRISE, HE WAS JUST LAYING cleaninging HIMSELF. HE LOOKED UP AT ME LIKE HE WAS TRYING TO SAY “WHAT YOU GONNA DO WITH that BOX”.

        • Hugh UK:

          there is no need for that, you callous individual

        • DALZ:

          It reminds me another famous specie: human being. Just think before writing.

        • Cyndi:

          Omg… to say cats shldnt be outside is ridiculous… these animals are suppose to be outside… yall are idiots for thinkin anything else… as Jen said they are animals that need to act natural in the outside environment. .. that’s what is wrong with the world today everyone thinks you can take these animals and put them inside…yall need to be locked inside not being able to take in fresh air. .. see how yall like being inside All of ur life…I can understand if the cat was tortured and declawed… which is a selfish thing to do… yall need to watch more animal planet ands do some research… pure idiots!

        • M. M. Sands:

          It stands to reason that there are no birds at all in the native habitats of domesticated cats, then. Europe, Africa, and Asia shouldn’t have a single songbird between them, according to your take on cats. Oh. Wait. There are still plenty of birds left in those places? Well, isn’t that an inconvenient truth …?

      • Jan:

        At one time Cat’s were outside animals, left to fend for themselves. We changed that when we domesticated them. They no longer have the immune systems they did then, and I have yet to see a photo of a Domestic Cat left to the outdoors that is able to sustain a Healthy life . We have bred out natural fears. Have you ever heard of feline LEUKEMIA, feline upper RESPIRATORY infection, the list goes on………..these can be contracted by simply touching another cats feces…..if you take on the RESPONSIBILITY of owning a cat you take on a responsibility of that cat’s life……for it’s entire life. the cat would not have been injured if it had been kept in the house…………………………………………………………

        • kat:

          SOMETIMES CATS DO GET OUT AND YOU CANNOT ALWAYS CATCH THEM. THEY DO LOVE THE OUTDOORS. I GREW UP HAVING MANY IN/OUT DOOR CATS AND THEY ALL LIVED TO BE, AT THE VERY LEAST, 19YRS. OUR OLDEST CAT WAS IN DOOR/ OUT DOOR AND LIVED TO 24. Domestic OR NOT, THEY ARE STILL ANIMALS THAT HAVE natural INSTICTS. THEY DO LIKE TO BE OUTSIDE. YOU CANNOT JUST SAY SOMEONe IS A terrible OWNER JUST because THEIR ANIMAL IS NOT HELD PRISONER. DOGS ARE domestic TOO, BUT EVEN THEY GET TO GO outside.

          • Janet:

            This is not about whether cats should be let outside. This family should not get this Cat back because they buried it alive. Ok, maybe they did not know. But they brought it to the shelter, who through the kindness of otherS, ensUred it gOt medical treatment. If in fact they are abusing or neglecting their dog, apathetic about their cat and, as one suggests, want to Exploit it for finanCial gain, i say they should be restricted from any peT. If not, they should be glad if someone who can afford it adopts it as it will be a special needs cat. I Found a cat who looked dead, they lay still when injured. I brought it to a vet who wirred his pelvis, and i adopted him and paid his bills. I pUt up sifns and sure enough a young woman called saId it was her boyfriends cat and she would come pick him up. I told her how much she owed me so far, and he might need more surgeries, and her boyFriend was to Call me and speak to me directly before i told her where i lived. They lived on a busy street, and i did not want him letting him wander around on Main St and get ting hit again. Neither of them called back, as i suspEcted.

          • M. M. Sands:

            I’m with Janet on this one. It’s not about the cat going outside, or the owners being able to afford a vet. It’s about the circumstances in this particular case. That poor cat needs the best care it can possibly receive, and a home where this sort of thing can’t happen to him again. He’s used up most of his nine lives by now.

        • GM:

          Wow, judge much? We’ve had cats who go outdoors for 30 years and not one has ever been hit by a car, suffered leukemia or any of the other dreadful things you are talking about. They are all vaccinated, healthy, happy animals who sleep indoors at night and have the best of everything. i can’t imagine keeping a cat incarcerated indoors for its entire life. unlike dogs, cats are completely capable of living as wild animals, right down to hunting to feed themselves. we humans are merely their caretakers, not their masters.

          sorry if this comes out all caps. For some reason this reply form is making even lower case letters in caps.

        • Lisa Hicks:

          I don’t ever intentionally let my cats out of my house, even though i feel terribly guilty keeping them indoors constantly. However, my cats are incredibly stealthy creatures that find all kinds of different methods of escaping. one even squeezed out through the accordian thing next to a window unit air conditioner one time. i do my best to be the ever vigilant warden and even employ the help of my german shepherd as a prison guard, but they still make it outside sometimes. once they are out there is nothing i can do except stand on the porch and scream like the neighborhood crazy lady anytime they get near the road. i’ve spent hours chasing them around the yard, coaxing, tempting them with tuna, catnip, laser pointers, you name it. the simple fact of the matter is if they want out bad enough, they’re going to get past me at least 2 out 10 times. unless you know the specific details of the situation personally, you should reserve your judgment for yourself because it’s highly likely you aren’t perfect either and have a few flaws that could use attention. just sayin.

      • Sue klosinski:

        Cats should be free to go outside….It is in their nature. We are not bad people for allowing a cat to behave in a way that is totally a tural for them. All my cats have come in and gone out whenever they want.

      • AR:

        Jenn, the only thing I agree on is declawing- it is amputation of the first joint on each toe, cruel and painful.
        However, to say that cats are being deprived of natural instincts by being kept inside- in a perfect world with no predators, cars, trucks, cruel people and countless other dangers a cat may possibly be safe outside.

        Dogs have “natural instincts” as well, to hunt in packs and travel- should we leave dogs outside to their own devices as well? Almost every one of my neighbors has lost their indoor/outdoor cats within the past 2 years- hit by cars or attacked by coyotes. I heard the last one screaming in the woods as he was being killed. Sorry, my cats have things to occupy their curiosity and drives indoors, I have no need to risk their lives and wonder if they’ll make it back home.

      • Terry:

        i Totally agree , cATS ARE MENT TO BE ABLE TO GO OUTSIDE, THATS THEIR NATURAL INSTINCT. i FEEL IT’S CRUEL TO KEEP THEM SHUT INDOORS AND HAVE THEM DECLAWED. i’VE HAD ABOUT 15 CATS IN MY LIFETIME, AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH THEM GOING OUTSIDE AT ALL AND i hAVE 3 CATS RIGHT NOW AND HOLD EACH ONE EVERY DAY AND TELL THEM i LOVE THEM.

        • carrie:

          keeping them inside doesnt mean declawing.
          it just means i make sure to play with her more and get her toys where she can claw naturally.
          cat versus nature would be good odd
          cat versus car = eventual unnatural death

        • cirrom:

          either you live in a rural area without predators (which would be a miracle, have never heard of such) or you have conveniently forgotten the lifespans of some of your kitties. the average lifespan of an indoor-outdoor cat is 2 yrs, per all the studies. check it out for your self. as wildlife experts like to say, cats are convenient snacks for coyotes. people think their cats just “disappear”….. no, they don’t.

      • BL4CKC4T13:

        It’s moronic to keep a cat indoors? Most people consider their animals “family” these days. Do you keep your kids outside, too?

        • CRAZY CAT LADY:

          iT IS PERSONAL CHOICE, I HAVE BOTH INDOOR AND OUT DOOR CATS. ONLY LOST ONE TO THE ROAD BUT WHEN ONE OF OUR CATS GOT STOLEN AND TRAFFIC INCREASED WE DECIDED THAT IT WAS SAFER TO KEEP THEM INDOORS PLUS I HAVE THE EX FROM HELL WHO I KNOW HAS KILLED A NEIGHBOURS CAT IN THE PAST AND HE IS SO NASTY AND SPITEFUL HE IF GIVEN THE CHANCE WOULD HURT ONE OF MY BABIES, SO SAFER TO KEEP THEM IN, ONE OF MY BABIES HAS SUPERVISED OUTDOOR TIME IN THE GARDEN, WHILE THE OTHER ONE IS SCARED STIFF OF THE OUTSIDE, HAS BEEN SINCE SHE WAS A KITTEN, SHE SHAKES LIKE A LEAF AND IT WOULD BE CRUEL OF ME TO TAKE HER OUTSIDE. THEY BOTH HAVE PLENTY OF EXERCISE IN DOORS I PLAY WITH THEM AND THEY HAVE THEIR TOYS ETC.
          tHE POINT IS IT IS OUR CHOICE AND NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE US ON IF OUR CATS ARE IN DOORS OR OUT DOORS. YOU DONT KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND REASONS FOR KEEPING THEM IN.
          WOULD YOU WANT ME TO LET MINE OUT SO ONE COUDL DIE OF FRIGHT (AND SHE WOULD SHE IS THAT SCARED) OR WOULD YOU PREFER MY EX TO LIVE UP TO HIS THREATS AND SHOOT ONE OF THEM?! AS I SAID YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE PEOPLE WHO KEEP THEIR CATS INSIDE.

      • Vicki:

        I agree. My cats have always loved to go outside and I would never deprive them of that quality of life. Like with anything, there is risk involved, but certainly worth the joy for them.

        • carrie:

          risk would be a natural predator, a large hawk, disease, not a freaking CAR.
          cats only live an average of 3 yrs in an outside life versus 10+ inside.
          its not risk when your chances of dying are exponentially MULTIPLEd.

          • kat:

            WILL EVERYONE PLEASE FOCUS ON BART AND NOT WHO IS RIGHT/WRONG ABOUT IN DOOR/ OUT DOOR CATS? Seriously! YOUR OPIONIONS DO NOT MAKE YOU ANY BETTER OF AN OWNER THAN ANYONE ELSE JUST BECAUSE YOU disagree! CHILL OUT AND FOCUS ON BART AND GETTING HIM WELL.

          • Regina:

            Yup, inside is safe. I have 1 that is 17 years old raised from a kitten, have 2 that R 14 & 7 over 10 years old. They get 2 chase hawks when we have supervised outside time. Now the hawks r not fond of surervised outdoor time. They give use the beady eye ( in partucully) SaNtigo, 1O year old rescue siamese he is 1 huge cat &’the Hawks do not stay around Long.

          • CRAZY CAT LADY:

            FOR MANY YEARS I HAVE OWNED CATS BOTH OUT DOORS AND IN DOORS. yOU STATE THAT AN OUT DOOR CAT ONLY LIVES FOR 3 YEARS!!!! SORRY CARRIE BUT YOU ARE SO VERY VERY WRONG THERE. I HAVE HAD CATS WHO WERE ALOUD OUTSIDE AND THEY LIVED WAY PAST 3 YEARS O AGE, INFACT ONE OF THEM ACTUALLY LIVED TILL HE WAS 17 YEARS OLD HE WOULD BE OUT AND ABOUT MOST OF THE DAY BUT ALWAYS CAME HOME BY 6PM AND THE OTHER OUT DOOR CATS ALL LIVED PAST 10 YEARS. SO I AM SORRY YOU HAVE GOT YOUR FACTS VERY WRONG, AND GIVING PEOPLE THE WRONG INFOMATION.
            ALSO APART FROM 1 OF OUR OUT DOOR CATS ONLY ONE OF THEM HAS KILLED THEY OTHER ALL DIED OF BATURAL CAUSES NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING OUTSIDE AT ALL.
            OUT DOOR CATS DONT LIVE AS LONG AS AN IN DOOR CAT BUT STATING 3 YEARS IS INCORRECT.

          • Jen:

            my 10 year old cat is perfectly happy and healthy, and he gets outside time. He’s also up to date on all his vaccines. I gave up on trying to keep him indoors because he just wanted outside so badly, he was constantly trying to escape. Just took him to the vet (ear infection due to eating dog food, nothing outdoors related), and they were surprised to learn he was 10. Apparently he’s in much better condition than most 10 year old cats.

          • cirrom:

            All those factors you mention are correct, all can shorten the expected lifetime of a cat by 15 yrs or more. those who mistakenly think that kitties must go outdoors to be entertained are deluding themselves, not to mention seriously reducing songbird population. and for those who don’t think this is something worth speaking about on this page, i disagree. saving any and all kitties lives are important.

      • June:

        Totally agree with you!

      • Cheri:

        I totally agree with you jen.

      • carrie:

        deprived of being hit by cars????? the outdoors is no longer a natural habitat for cats.

        if you live in a rural area maybe, but humans have destroyed nature, cats arent safe outside and instead of a lifespan of 10+ yrs most cats die after 3 because of the, yes, ‘big bad world’.

        theres too many things out there that can get a cat killed, it cant take care of itself on its own out there. thats why they need to stay inside.

        my cat is in no way deprived and very happy inside because i play and spend time with her. not just open the door and say ‘hope you cross the road ok and make it back later’

      • dan:

        most communities have laws against cats outside because they are a menace to wildlife.

        people who cannot afford to feed and care for pets should not have them.

        whatever the reason – personal illness, mental illness, even stupidity, etc does justify having a pet that you can’t properly care for is cruel and selfish.

        shame on you jenna for trying to justify it because of you cancer

        shame shame shame

        • Jen:

          Seriously?! You’re sort of a disgusting human being. Shame on you for trying to shame a cancer patient who is doing the best she can. SHAME SHAME SHAME

      • Barbara:

        oH jENN. yOU ARE VERY FOOLISH. iNDOOR CATS ARE PROVEN TO LIVE LONGER AND BE HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER i MAY ADD. oUTSIDE CATS LIVE SHORTER LIVES, ARE HIT BY CARS, MAULED BY DOGS, TORN TO PIECES BY PREDATORS, IN CAT FIGHTS, AND ARE SUBJECT TO MULTIPLE DISEASES. tHAT DOESN’T SOUND VERY PLEASANT TO ME. i HAVE SIX INDOOR CATS… NONE OF WHICH ARE DECLAWED. i HAVE PLENTY OF CAT TOWERS, TOYS, AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR THEM. yES, THEY LOOK OUT MY WINDOWS, AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF THOSE AS WELL FOR THEM TO LOOK OUT OF AND FOR THEM TO LIE IN POOLS OF SUNSHINE – MUCH AS i MYSELF ENJOY DOING WHEN I GET THE CHANCE. i DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU COULD BE SO NAIVE AS TO THINK THAT ANY CAT WOULD NOT RATHER BE INSIDE A 70 DEGREE HOUSE, WITH A FULL BELLY, SLEEPING IN A SOFT BED, SAFE AND WARM, AND HEALTHY, AFTER HAVING PLAYED WITH THEIR HOUSEMATES AND FAMILY, RESTING PEACEFULLY… OR OUTSIDE STARVING, NOT KNOWING WHERE OR WHEN THEIR NEXT MEAL WAS COMING, FIGHTING OFF COYOTES, HAWKS, FOXES, DOGS, OTHER CATS, RACCOONS, POSSUMS, SKUNKS, ETC., WORRYING ABOUT RABIES, fip, felv, ETC., ABSCESSES AND INJURIES, TRAPS SET BY HUNTERS, NASTY KIDS WHO THINK ITS OKAY TO TORTURE ANIMALS (SOME ADULTS, TOO), CARS, DRUNKS WHO LIKE TO SHOOT ANYTHING THAT MOVES IN THE WOODS… THE HAZARDS OF AN OUTSIDE CAT JUST GO ON AND ON. i WON’T EVEN GO INTO ANTIFREEZE AND RAT POISON .. INTENTION OR UNINTENTIONAL. i UNDERSTAND THAT SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IN LETTING THEIR CATS OUT, BUT THE BEST PLACE FOR YOUR CAT TRULY IS INSIDE. iF YOU LOVE THEM, KEEP THEM INSIDE. tHEY WILL LIVE LONGER and BE HAPPIER. iT JUST TAKES A LITTLE OF YOUR TIME AND EFFORT TO ENSURE THAT YOUR CAT CAN BE HAPPY INDOORS … AS FAR AS DECLAWING GOES, AN INDOOR CAT MOST DEFINITELY DOES not NEED TO BE NOR SHOULD IT BE DECLAWED!

      • kiks:

        completely agree with you jenn. Cats are not toddlers, they do not need 24/7 supervision. they are intelligent animals with finely honed instincts, and they love the outdoors. all of my cats have been indoor/outdoor and have lived long healthy lives. my last cat lived to be 21 years old, was allowed outdoors at his leisure his whole life. i feel keeping cats indoors only is cruel, we wouldn’t want to be locked in doors all day, why would they? watching my cats on a sunny day, laying in the grass and chasing butterflies is like heaven on earth.

    • CHERYL:

      i can’t believe you are seriously giving this cat back.
      -_-

    • Bob M.:

      Please do not give this cat back to an owner that can not pay for care. there are plenty of generous people who will take much better care of the cat than the original owner… this is why you keep cats inside.

    • Oma:

      I read the story and some may find that I am being very critical, but I have a hard time understanding why the people would be so quick to declare this cat dead and bury him so quickly, must have been a matter of only minutes. I’m almost hoping he goes to another home and I am sure there are people who will want to take him in after his ordeal. The article says that once he resurfaced, his owners didn’t even want to bring him to a vet but brought him to a humane society instead. Maybe that’s also why he was buried so quickly by his owners.

      • Robin:

        Yea I say to quick to bury too. I found a bird outside, stiff, put it in a boy and kept it for an hour. Went bk, he was hopping around. He was just cold.

    • James:

      so sick of seeing the comments blaming the owner, how do you people know that the owner wasn’t coming in the house with arms full of groceries or something and as soon as he opened the door the cat ran out? everybody needs to stop blaming the owner cats will be cats and some cats actually prefer the outdoors rather than being trapped inside all the time they are adventurous animals and were all feral at some point before they were domesticated so it is natural instinct.

      • CAM:

        The reason people are being so critical of the “owner” is because they kept Bart outside only in an area where many cats have been hit and killed by cars. If they truly cared about his welfare, they would have kept him indoors and only allowed him outside if supervised. There are plenty of ways to do that so the cat can enjoy the outdoors safely. They didn’t even take poor Bart inside after he was horribly injured and dug himself out of the grave they had put him in. Instead, they put him in a cage outside and tried to take care of serious injuries he had using epsom salt and ointment meant for someone else. They are too irresponsible to be trusted to take proper care of Bart or any other animal. Do some googling and you’ll see for yourself. I wouldn’t trust the people in that neighborhood to take care of a goldfish!

    • BK:

      You guys are seriously peta idiots. Cats deserve to go outside and be free, keep them inside and what let them live their lives like fucking prisoners? Jesus these comments kill me.

    • Gillian:

      AMERICANS!! seriously, why should cats be kept indoors?! do you keep your children indoors, in case they get hit by a car?! smh.

    • Someone:

      First Off Things happen … That man is not perfect you are not either so dont ait here & judge this man because of what happened .. Im pretty sure your kids if you have any get into shit they are not supposed to Why? Shit happenS true He wasmt watching him but who the hell has time to watch their animals 24 damn 7 give this man a break

    • cat lover:

      READ THE ARTICLE – The HUMANE SOCIETY IS A FULL SERVICE VETINARY CLINIC – NOT JUST A HOME FOR STRAY ANIMALS. pERSONALLY, I THINK THE CARE IN THEIR HANDS IS LIKELY TO BE SUPERIOR TO ANY PRIVATE VET.

    • NICOLE:

      laST TIME i CHECKED, YOU CAN’T AVOID A RECKLESS DRIVER RUNNING OVER YOUR PET. AND IF I SAW MY PET IN A STATE LIKE THIS, I’D ASSUME DEATH TOO.

      • Regina:

        Great we can save big bucks no emts 4 cats, dogs people or any else being struck by car just toss the body.

      • Barbara:

        i THINK I WOULD CHECK TO SEE IF MY PET WAS DEAD BEFORE I ACTUALLY BURIED IT

      • cirrom:

        GOD forbid that you find any animals or humans who have been in an accident. there are many ways to establish the presence of life – one very simple thing is to check for a heart beat, which any person with an iq over 40 should know to do. the other thing a reasonably intelligent person would do is not let his animal out where he is likely to lose his life in traffic. they have no sense as to what is dangerous or not, we are here to safeguard them. i despair of some humans when i read some of the senseless comments on this page. When they talk about the dumbing down of america, they’re not kidding.

    • cara:

      Excuse the caps, I’m not sure what the keyboard’s problem is. However…

      1) Unless there is a law saying cats must be kept indoors, you really can’t keep an animal from being kept from their owners because it was out loose. You cannot judge it as wrong if the community at large judges it as acceptable. It’s like me saying that anyone taking their dog to a dog-park is bad and shouldn’t be allowed to have dogs (and I can provide studies and examples as to why that’s so) but if the community allows it, it either is on me to change laws in the community I’m in, or shut up. You and I cannot judge someone as being unfit to own pets if they’re following the laws where they live. If you had that power to remove animals according to your beliefs on what makes a good pet owner, what’s stopping someone from saying you shouldn’t have a pet if you feed commercial dog/cat-food instead of Raw, or raw instead of commercial dog/cat food. Having the freedom to keep our pets the way we want to, within the laws of the community, is part of pet ownership.

      2) You have no way of knowing if the cat is an indoors cat who got loose even. You have no way of knowing if the person noticed their cat got loose and went searching and found him, lifeless, on the side of the road, carried him home, buried him, and were mourning. At least not from this article.

      3) You have no way of knowing if someone took and threw the cat from a car or something like chased the cat down, which would mean that it was more their problem than the owner’s.

      4) When the owner found the cat still alive, they did not seek euthanasia (which is what a lot of owners would do when faced with a large vet bill btw.) They started calling every vet and pleading, finally finding a place to help them. That’s going above what the average pet owner would do for a cat.

      Rather than taking a cat away from a family who seem to be doing all they can for him, how about pointing people towards the cats who will be euthanized because they don’t have a family who would give a second glance at them.

    • Sharon:

      Please do not return this cat to his owners. Burying a injured cat alive IS NOT THE SIGn of a responsible owner. Not being able to pay for medical bills when he is an outside cat and has a good chance of obtaining some kind of injuries is also not a good sign. Returning this cat who may have lingering medical issues to an owner who cannot afford medical care is subjecting this cat to more abuse. I am praying the Humane society lives up to it’s name and finds this cat a home that can support him and care for him. This poor cat survived for some reason and I hope it is not to be returned to a neglectful home. Any money collected should go to his continued care at the Society while they find him a decent home.

    • Jamie:

      I Agree. He needs to go to someone who would have taken care of him better and kept him indoors. I am in tears ro see that poor little baby in that condition. If One of my cats wEre hurt i would be Desperately looking for A sign that they Were still alive. They shouldnt be giving that cat back to the owNers. I honestly dont know how The owner couldnt know the caT was still alive Either. I feel Very suspicious about that

    • Kristen:

      oi am beside myself this cat can go back to owner. this is crazy. this cat needs a new family

    • Barb:

      I agree with the humane society…the poor cat should not be returned to the owners. Pet cats should never be allowed outside on their own. I know this from experience and by learning that it is very dangerous to alLow cats to go outside. Why??? Simple reasons are they get ran over, they get Torn apart & killed by dogs and raccoons, bit by snakes, can be poisoned or killed by hateful peOple, etc. many people do not like cats. The cat can end up getting fleas and pick up Parasites and diseases. Then the owners have expensive vet bills. If you want to have a cat, you must be responsible and protect it and keep it in a safe environment inside. Never, never allow them outside. If you do, then you are just being irresponsibLe and Do not really care about the cat or its welfare. Thank you humane society for all you have done to protect this cat and for making sure it has someone in the future who will love, protect and care for this precious animal. They are completely defenseless on their own.

    • Susan:

      Please keep this poor cat away from his owners. Bart deserves a second chance and if he goes back to them he doesn’t stand a chance. I read that the owner had animal CRUELTY charges on him from another district. Find a loving home for Bart.

    • Regina:

      This cat, bart, has been abused, thrown in a sAllow hole then lazily covered witH dirT. The owner should b n jail. I am not sure of what some of u consider decent care of a pet or animal in tampa, but this not humane treatment. The owner should never b allowed to ever again own a pet & His scuM girlfriend daisY should be fed 2 some sharks. And no i do not think bart wants his family at this time. The cat never had any vet care 2 inclue even a rabies vaccine nor was he nEutered. Then dinner was “fish scraps” down at the horrible! Fifthy! Stink fish cleaning pump. And i need not not see any deboNing of this purId ( go on down take a whiff). Bart needs to be rehomed with people that are not convited Felonies and dim wits. And no i do not think bart got hit by a car more likelY he got hit on the side of the hEad by a shovel & thus the fraud “make money” was born. The girlfriend daisY knew the cat was alive & pulled him out after 5 days did a little happy chaTting “he is alIve” and thougt she netted herself the $7,000 in “the go fund me” but damn then people like me & others got n contact with the feds & others (fraud) & what’s a convicted drug on parolE 2 do, see her new “Go fund me” account for bart’s legal cost. Hey easy money & u get 2 screw the folks who really give a damn.

    • June:

      I 100% agree, i wish there was something we could do to prevent this return. (sorry my caps is stuck)

    • chris smith:

      I do not a agree with this lil cat being returned to the owner!! He has been through more than most humans and to me his return to that so called owner would be certain death!!! Please!! find a Better HUMAN for this sweetie!!! He DESERVES LOVE, ATTENTION, hug’s etc. he does not need more of the same!!!

    • Regina:

      WHOW, BART U R LOOKING SO GREAT! AND NOW U HAVE A CREAM OF THE CROP ATTORNEY (just check Out the firm’s website) let’s finsh getting u well (u r soooooooooo handsome) & get U rehomed with people who understand & loVe

    • jacqueline bennett:

      wow amazing after all he has been through that he can still hold his head high i am definitly hoping he has some type of pain medication because his face looks like it coul;d be and most likely is really sore …if you do give him pain meds plz for gods sakes do try and wean him off of them properly i know i had a har time coming off of pain meds and i am sure animals do too

    • Jessica McIntosh:

      Please do not give the cat back to the original owners, it will be safer in the hands of this animal care organisation.

      please give bart kindness, gentleness, nourishment, peace, affection, space, healing, and love.

    • t j Long:

      You’re absolutely right, Susan. and i believe that the only reason they want him back now is to try to make money off him and exploit him. i hope he doesn’t go back. also reading that they have a dog that the child(ren) hit with a stick and abuse/torment.

    • Bita Farahbod:

      How can we prevent him from Going back to the previous owner? I don’t feel he will be safe there 🙁

    • Carol Halbert:

      Susan: I don’t believe it has been decided as yet…there is court that started on march 5th or 6th…God forbid…don’t even think about letting that kitteh go back to those mean peeps. how could they even act like they didn’t try their damndest to kill him!!! go bart!!! you ROCK!!!

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    • jacqueline bennett:

      do not i mean it do not give him back it will happen again if you do he was not cared for before what makes anyone think he will be cared for again …….fight to keep him he id not want to pay for his medical bills this time what makes anyone think he will the next time and there will be a next time

  • Jason Olsen:

    Is there a FUND FOR HELPING DEFRAY THE COST OF BART’S SURGERY? I would like to contribute…

  • Michelle:

    Thank you so much for giving this cat treatment and not turning him away. You guys Rock!! I definitely will be donating to this shelter, in bart’s honor. 🙂

  • Covo:

    This owner is incredibly lucky to get his cat back and the HS Tampa bay is generous to help him. i really really hope that the owner will let bart live his life as an indoor cat now.

  • YASMIN:

    OH MY GOSH. I AM CRYING. I AM SO TOUCHED BY THIS STORY…i LOVE you Bart

    • Regina:

      He iS such a sweetie. No no no no cat solud have been treated with such cruRty as he was by his owner (give me a break rubbing epsom salts into a would like an) dhs Has began an investigation in regards to the children on tHis property. Our ageCies r look intO illegal use & selling of drugs, for examlpe meth. DustY (r whatever her naMe is 11 have been located she has used & the criton male shoUld b put n a hole n the groUnd

      But, little bart u r safe & we aim 2 keep thaT way.,loves,huges &’purrs

  • Karen A:

    What a story! My goodness, Bart is a wonder cat. Many thanks to the Tampa Bay HS for helping him. Where can we send donations for his surgery and recovery? xoxoxox0

  • mary hanson:

    PLEASE DO NOT EVER AGAIN LET BART OUTSIDE!!!! For Godness sake keep him an indoor cat !!! Cats are very happy living in the house.

  • HI, I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TOWARD BART’S PROCEDURE. IT’S NOT MUCH, BUT THIS GUY DESERVES A CHANCE! I WILL SUBMIT IT SHORTLY THROUGH YOUR WEBSITE. THANK YOU. :))

  • Teresa:

    That is truly a miracle. I hope the owners will still love and keep him with his injuries.

  • Lucienne Ryerson:

    blessings on this little one. thanks to good people and angelic beings, bart will have a much longer, traffic-free life of love.

  • Miracle cat hit by car ‘escapes grave’ and returns home - Trendingnewsz.com:

    […] “He had dug himself out of the grave and slowly made his way back home, albeit weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention,” said the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. […]

  • Zombie cat owner claims sibling dug up and revived the animal | TKG News:

    […] the spooky return, Bart was handed to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, as he could not afford surgery to remove the cat’s eve and repair some of his […]

  • Rob ForresT:

    jUST READ ABOUT bart on the BBC news in the UK. What an amazing story and so happy to hear that bart is going to on the mend. I’d love to donate some funds to help in his recovery and rehabilitation.

    Rob F (England, UK)

  • […] “He had dug himself out of the grave and slowly made his way back home, albeit weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention,” said the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. […]

  • Daily Across » Miracle cat hit by car escapes grave and returns home – Telegraph:

    […] “He had dug himself out of the grave and slowly made his way back home, albeit weak, dehydrated and in need of medical attention,” said the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. […]

  • debbie ailman:

    God bless that kitty and may he make a full recovery

  • […] “We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake!” the Humane Society wrote on its blog. […]

  • […] “We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake!” the Humane Society wrote on its blog. […]

  • […] “We have seen many amazing cases at our full-service veterinary clinic, but this situation may take the cake!” the Humane Society wrote on its blog. […]

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  • Cscott:

    Clearly this Poor guy needs a new home. Any person who would bury a live Cat doesnt deserve to be his caretakeR. In fact the person should probably be arrested.

  • patricia:

    how can i donate specifically for bart? I am so impressed and proud of the vets!!!

    • Visit our GIVE page and donate to our Save A Pet Medical fund!

    • Ria:

      I was told to mention “For bart” in the notes while donating.

      • CAM:

        Whether you specify it goes to Bart or not, it WILL go to benefit a cat, dog, or other animal in need if you donate to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. I adopted one of my wonderful cats from them. They do great work for animals. They also help people who are down on their luck but capable of making good decisions keep their animals by donating cat/dog food, etc. to those folks, and by having low (or no?) cost spay/neuter days. They DO want to keep pets with loving families, but they also want to keep pets away from abusive and/or neglectful people.

  • […] “The owner reached out to area veterinary clinics but, unable to afford their fees, brought him to the our Animal Health Center where he is being treated for a broken jaw, open facial wounds and a ruined eye, which will have to be removed. Luckily, the injuries sustained were not more serious. HSTB veterinarians expect him to recover and be able to go back home,” the humane society posted online. […]

  • Ria:

    Hello,

    I’m wanted to let you know that we have also donated money for bart on http://www.gofundme.com/kqy6cg. I hope they pay the money to you guys as you are taking real care of the cat.

    I hope bart is getting enough pain killers so he doesn’t suffer as much pain anymore. poor liTtle innocent cat has been in pain for days and doesn’t deserve it!

    Please give him a warm cozy bed in the cage please so at least he is not cold in that metallic cage.

    Lots of love and prayers for bart,
    Ria

    • Regina:

      Bart is looking better & better more like a caT who knoWs he is loved & will be cared 4 rather than the cat the morons brought n which was a caT who had never experieced proper care let alone bEds. But, i Ordered 2 new & differant kinds of beds from amazon shipped them directly 2 him!

    • CAM:

      The only way to be sure the money you donate will be used for Bart (or another needy animal) is to give to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay directly, rather than giving to the gofundme site that was put up by a neighbor (not even the owner of the cat). Please read some of the posts on https://www.facebook.com/BartorMarkie to see why and/or google around and see what you find. If you do that and decide you want your money back from gofundme, request a refund from them. I’ve never dealt with them, but supposedly you can get a refund of the donation from gofundme.

  • NANCI LITTLE:

    Seriously? I know you people know better! CAT LEFT OUTSIDE TO BE HIT BY CAR, FOUND BY OWNER GRAVELY INJURED BUT STILL breathing… and ABSOLUTELY anyone can see THAT a chest IS rising and FALLING AND knows the animal is alive. owner did not want to pay a vet for euthanasia and so HE DECIDED to hasten the cat’s death! guaranteed – I WILL BET ALL THAT I OWN – THAT this owner knew what he was doing and what he was doing was committing horrendous cruelty.

  • roman:

    I LIVE IN THE UK AND WANTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO BART’S TREATMENT BUT WAS PREVENTED BY THE COMPANY’S POLICY . WHAT A SHAME AND DISAPPOINTMENT.

    ANYWAY, I WISH BART THE VERY BEST IN HIS RECOVERY AND GIVE HIM LOADS OF HUGS AND KISSES

  • g:

    Do not give this cat back to the owner. He left him outside to unprotected, then he buried him alive, then he decided he could not care for him. This cat will just end up in the same situation. Find him a loving caring home where he will not be dumped outside to fend for himself.

  • NAM:

    tHE OWNER OF THIS CAT, AND ANY OWNER, CAN BUY MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR THE CAT FOR A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. oNE COMPANY CHARGES LESS THAN $20 PER MONTH, PER CAT OR DOG, TO PROVIDE INSURANCE THAT COVERS ILLNESSES AND INJURIES.

  • Nina:

    There is no way this cat should be returned to the original owner. domestic cats don’t belong outside — better fat than flat — and yet this guy just buried the cat without even trying to get it vet attention. he or she was so in tune and so loving of this animal that they couldn’t even tell it was still alive? i’D LOVE TO DONATE FOR BART’S CARE BUT NOT IF HE’S GOING BACK TO THE SAME OWNERS — THEY’LL JUST LET HIM GET KILLED AGAIN IN SOME OTHER NEGLIGENT WAY.

    • Lana:

      Watch this video, at the 2:50 mark the owner admits the cat was alive and moving when she found it. she told her husband (mr hutson) to bury it (knowing it was moving) but he said “no”, she says they then threw the cat on the curb and left it. you see the cat was never buried, it was left to die on the road but managed to get up and walk away.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpHzfQt12EY

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  • mark. va:

    praise Tampa Bay Humane Societyfor helping poor BARt although I’m a little worried that you’re going to return the cat to his owner when the owner obviously did not have enough feeling for the cat to try to get him help in the first place so I disagree with that I think that he should go to someone that will love and care for him and keep him in the home where it is safe like my two cats and all that i can say is he better be glad or they better be glad I’m not the neighbor that helped BARt because I would have tore into them like you could not imagine they don’t deserve barts love

  • concerned reader:

    PLEASE! Make sure this family is fit before releasing the cat back to them. They have failed on MULTIPLE counts and taking care of this cat will only be more difficult now. The only miracle here is the care the animal received from the humane society, the fact that the cat was buried alive is just flat reprehensible.

  • […] For those in the United States wishing to donate to Bart’s recovery the link is Bart at Tampa Bay Humane Society. […]

  • wendy:

    I just want to say before you all assume this was an outside cat use your brain. I had a cat that would dart out the door any chance he got. There was no catching him either he was quick. I read the story somewhere else and followed the link to this page, it said he didn’t bury the cat someone else did. Stop judging people before you have the whole story.

    • Kay:

      Wendy, The article clearly says:
      “The cat appeared to be lifeless and the owner buried him.”
      Please, read the article before you trash people who are concerned about this cat.

  • cHARLIE:

    I JOIN THOSE THAT ARE CRYING OUT TO PLEASE NOT RETURN BART TO THE OWNER. THIS OWNER IS CLEARLY IRRESPONSIBLE, CARELESS, WRECKLESS AND HAS NOT PROVIDED BART WITH A LOVING, CARING, SAFE HOME. FOR GOD’S SAKE — IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO SEE A CAT’S RESPIRATIONS AND HEART BEAT!!! PUT YOURSELF INTO LITTLE BART’S MIND, HEART & SOUL ….. AS IF THE PAIN FROM BEING HIT BY THE CAR WASN’T ENOUGH, BART WAKES UP TO THE REALIZATION THAT HE HAS BEEN BURIED ALIVE… AND NOW SERIOUSLY INJURED HAS TO CLAW HIS WAY OUT OF THE GRAVE TO BREATHE!!!! BART LAYS FOR DAYS SOMEWHERE, IN HORRIBLE PAIN, COLD, FRIGHTENED, FILTHY, BECOMING DEHYDRATED AND STARVING. DEAR GOD HOW HORRIFIC FOR THIS LITTLE KITTY. PLEASE, IF YOU RETURN BART TO HIS OWNER, ITS LIKELY THAT IT WON’T BE LONG AND THE SAME, OR WORSE WILL HAPPEN TO HIM. BART DESERVES BETTER THAN THAT ….. THINK ABOUT WHAT HE’S BEEN THROUGH. DO NOT RETURN HIM TO HIS OWNER. PLEASE. I’M SURE THERE ARE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE TO GIVE BART AND PURR-MANENT, LOVING, CARING AND SAFE HOME!!!!

  • Monica:

    Jenn..YOU ARE THE TOTAL IDIOT HERE! Cats do not belong outside! They are dumped there because their owners are to f’n lazy to clean a litterbox! You think they are happy to be shot, poisoned, hit by cars, attacked by dogs or other animals. ..I can keep going! You are the kind of person who doesn’t deserve an animal! Get your facts straight dumb ass!

  • Pam bush:

    many thanks to the humane society of tampa for stepping in to care for bart. this is where our donation dollars need to go. keep up the good work!

  • Ron:

    for some reason this is coming through with all caps no matter what i do 🙁

    Yay bart! So happy to see him on the road to recovery! Scrappy little fella! Thank you and god bless the kind veterinarians who provided bart with care and love. faith in humanity restored!

  • GG:

    cAN I DONATE TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY SO YOU GUYS CAN BUY THE CAT AND GIVE HIM TO SOMEONE ELSE

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    […] who’s been labeled the “Miracle Cat” by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, showed up at a neighbor’s house meowing for food five days […]

  • RIa:

    I hear some controversy developing due to the donations that bart is receiving at two different accounts – one here and the second one which the owner’s neighbor has set up on http://www.gofundme.com/kqy6cg

    Some people are accusing the humane society for using “bart” for donations but this is what I feel. It was definitely very generous of them to take in the cat when they knew that the owners couldn’t afford the treatment. That was selfless and praise-worthy. They anyway help out so many animals and definitely need donations to keep up the good work. However, They are using “Bart” on their webpage for donations which most likely would not just be used just for Bart but so what, they should get paid for this kind of service that they extend to other animals as well. But if Bart will be in need of life-time treatment, then the Humane Society should be keep a separate account for him cause he does deserve “special” treatment considering the hell he went through.

    I had been communicating with the humane society over email and the very nice lady suggested that while donating just write a note that it’s for bart. So, if you wanna donate just for bart, please make sure that you MENTION BART in the comments.

    I hope he recovers soon. Lots of love and prayers for him.

    • Susan sandler:

      I agree with you……..if there is to be a lifetime fund for Bart, it should be held by the Humane
      Society……..I have issues with the whole story,……I dont believe any money should go to a private party in this case..

  • Bella:

    Please, please keep your pets indoors.

  • Ashley:

    tHAT yoUTUBE VIDEO, alone, proves this story isn’t honest. they address the cat as “markie” for one. why? and also, can the humane society prove this was a car accident? the neighbor claims an animal attack which is clearly different(i.e puncture wounds or saliva within wounds, scratches) for all we know, the owner injured the cat himself. it shows only signs of trauma on the face. tell me, was their ASPHALT in his wounds? the story makes no sense whatsoever. he should not go back to the owners. they just did this to get money. seriously. someone prove me wrong because i’d like to believe i’m incorrect.

  • […] through his surgery very well and is resting comfortably in our care,” the Humane Society said today. “He will be able to go home in 5-7 days once he is able to eat on his own. Full recovery […]

  • Sue C,:

    How can you be so judgmental? you don’t know the owner’s circumstances. i have a cat, peggy, who was feral and it took me 8 months to tame her. she would get into fights with my other cat and so i let her go out, we’ll never know what happened to her, but she came home one night barely able to breathe. i took her to a 24/7 hospital where she was in intensive care for 8 days. the estimated bill was $2000; the actual bill was $5000. She then became an investment and I never let her out again, i could afford the bill then, but now—-and a year and a half ago, she got out and refused to come in for 2 1/2 days, had she been injured then, i couldn’t have paid a large bill and would have had to put her down, thank god that didn’t happen, but according to you holier-than-thou folks, i shouldn’t have brought her in 10 years ago! circumstances change, in case you haven’t noticed—-and would bart have been better off with no home? that’s usually the case. sorry, but just because someone doesn’t have a lot of money doesn’t mean they–or their pet–shouldn’t have the love and company they can share.

  • Ally:

    The Human society should not be doing inhumane acts such as this by returning a cat back to its irresponsible owner that has cause it to endured this kind of trauma, you know better! anyone who buries a cat assuming it was dead and couldn’t make the determination that it clearly wasn’t, has no business getting this cat back! if you are alive, you are breathing. that would be visible to see, and to not even take it to seek medical attention and let a vet make that decision shows they did not care in the first place! Pets are family members! they are a living/breathing creature, if this were a human being, every organization out there be it the department of children and families etc. would never ever consider giving a child back to a family that has done something like this, matter of fact there would be a harsh punishment for an act of this nature, so why should we view it any different with Bart? its complete negligence what has happened here, I urge you to find a family for bart to go home with that will give him the life he deserves, not be buried alive and left for dead!

  • Jax the Cat:

    sad this cat had to endure this ordeal and its owner should be honored an organization such as Save-a-pet | Tampa humane society florida is able and willing to provide the needed medical care the owner could not afford. the gofundme page for this cat, the owner’s neighbor started this page and so far has received donations of $6000 and the money is still coming in. the title of the page, “help with medical expenses for Bart”, hopefully, these donations will be applied toward bart’s medical care. I hope the Tampa Humane Society and the gofundme site owner, dusty albritton can work together on getting this medical funding resolved, you can also find dusty on facebook. I believe dusty should educate herself on exactly what tampa humane society does, its a ‘no kill’ shelter and relies on donations to be able to offer services to owners of animals who otherwise can not afford treatment.

  • […] through his surgery very well and is resting comfortably in our care,” the Humane Society said today. “He will be able to go home in 5-7 days once he is able to eat on his own. Full recovery […]

  • shredmaster:

    I’m JUST happy THIS STORY HAS A HAPPY ENDING, Bart IS A BEAUTIFUL CAT, KEEP HIM INDOORS NOW. LIVE OUT THE REST OF YOUR DAYS BART IN peace AND GOOD HEALTH, you DESERVE IT

  • Rebecca:

    As someone who has had cats in the past, and still has cats at my parent’s house, my oldest cat loves going outside. saying that they should’ve kept him inside is ridiculous. Cat’s thrive on the sun, sunbathing, fresh air and such. For the most part we try to keep a close eye on my cat, however there was an occasion or two where he did end up spending the night outside. you never know exactly what happened, who are you to judge them! I am excited that Bart gets to go back home to a family that he knows!

  • Nichole:

    (Sorry for the caps, I’m not YELLING. apparently the caption box doesn’t play nicely with mobile phones)
    For those of you worried about your donations not being used for Bart, DOES it really matter? The humane society helps all types of animals, some In conditions WORSE than bart’s. The donations should be given because you want to help an animal in need not because you think this animal is more deserving of life than another. If this story brings awareness of the good these people are doing for animals, and donations come in to help them continue to do so, then that is great.
    My heart breaks for Bart and what he HAS been through. I hope he lives a long, happy, indoor life.

  • Alanna:

    PEOPLE LET THEIR OUTDOOR-ORIENTED CATS GO OUTSIDE OF THE HOME ALL THE TIME. IT IS NOT ABUSIVE TO LET A CAT GO OUTSIDE. WE DON’T KNOW IF THE OWNER DID OR DID NOT CHECK VITAL SIGNS. BESIDES, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A CAT HERE. THEY HAVE VERY DIFFERENT ANATOMY. IT’S NOT THAT THE OWNER DIDN’T *WANT* TO TAKE THE CAT TO OTHER VETS, BUT THAT THEY QUITE SIMPLY COULD NOT AFFORD TO DO SO. I FOR ONE THINK IT perfectly RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OWNER TO HAVE GONE TO THE ANIMAL CARE FACILITY THEY DID. I DON’T SEE WHY GOING TO THe one they did WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH. they saved the cat’s life regardless.

    THIS CAT DID NOT HAVE ANY HIGHER RISK OF BEING HIT BY A CAR THAN ANY OTHER CAT IN WHATEVER TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT THAT WAS. IT’S ALL ABOUT CHANCE, AND NOT THE DIRECT RESULT OF ANYTHING WRONG THE OWNER DID.

    YOU’RE ALL JUST TRYING TO FIND SOMEONE TO POINT FINGERS AT. IT’S ILLOGICAL AND IMMATURE.

    I DON’T MEAN TO APPEAR THAT I AM SHOUTING BUT FOR SOME REASON I CANT TURN OFF CAPS LOCK??

  • Kristen:

    how could the humane society even think it would be okay to give bart back to a family who buried him alive?! This is insane. please do not return him back to his previous owners. They obviously have no right in owning any animal – how could anyone in their right mind bury an animal while it’s still breathing? This is heartbreaking to hear. any and all animals should be treated with love, respect, care and compassion. where are any of those qualities presented here by the owners? please, please do not let these people even come into contact with bart… being hit by a car was enough for this precious animal to endure, much less being buried by the people who he thought loved and cared for him. I’m sure there are many people out there who would be willing to give him a wonderful and loving home.

  • Susan sandler:

    Please people, go to the Gofundme account and see what is being said there…..
    The person, Dusty, who suppossedly found the cat has many inConsistencys in her story…..im
    Beginning to think that this is some kind of scam and I hope there is a very thorough investigatiOn of the owneRs and the neighbors…..they are soliciting money for lifetime medical care for the cat who they are calling Markie/BaRt…….They would prefer that you give money to their account rather than to the ASpca who is caring and treating the cat…..

  • Kudos to the Humane Society are due here for stepping up when other animal clinics failed to do so – regardless of anything else going on with the cat or his owners.

  • […]  a broken jaw, open facial wounds and a ruined eye which will have to be removed according to The Human Society of Tampa Bay.  The HSTB will be helping cover Bart’s medical expenses through the Save-A-Pet Medical […]

  • […] after extensive surgery with the Humane Society‘s Animal Health Centre, Bart is recovering well and on his way back home within the […]

  • Wally:

    I must be a bad owner to sense i could not aford a $2500.00 bill for my cat that was 17 years old human years that had a cancer tumer the size of a softball in his tummy so i had him put to sleep it killed me to have to go through that let alone to think about it but all i can say is for the negitive comments on here you need to get a life and get off the computer and stop trying to stick your nose in other peoples business if you can’t say anything nice then stay out of the comment section it’s people like you that can’t have pets or let them run free and get more cats knocked up and let then freeze in the cold or dump them off on the streets. i think the owner did what he/she could and the cat mite have been dead but god did not think it was time for that poor kitty and gave it a second chance at life.i just wish someone whould have helped me with my cat at the time god bless the little guy hope he gets well soon.

    btw i had over 25 cats at once and they all where strays that some fool thought it was better to leave with out them when they moved out or got kicked out of there homes and they where all fixed after i got them..

  • CMiller:

    Thank you to all the vet professionals involved. Thank you for having a heart as big as Bart’s. He’s meant to be in this world…what a courageous kitty!

  • Someone:

    Is Draco, bart’s blood donor, getting good treatment? Hope he is getting extra food to compensate for the blood loss.. Poor little kitty! Hope he wouldnt Become anemic 🙁

    • Jax the Cat:

      I read Bart has a feeding tube because right now he cannot eat with a prior broke jaw and just recently undergoing surgery. I am almost certain Bart is getting some of the best medical treatment any Specialized Vet can provide. Tampa Humane Society has been in business over 100 yrs, they are a ‘No Kill’ shelter and also depend on donations for services provided that they are a 501 (c)3 non profit organization.

      • someone:

        I agree with you but i was asking about draco, the donor cat. He donated a lot of blood to bart so i hope draco is Doing well… Getting lots to eat to compensate for the blood loss.

  • amanda:

    wow, you guys are all idiots. I bet a lot of you never even had a cat by some of these comments. you know how easy it is for a cat to slip out the door unnoticed? lol, my cat goes in stealth mode when ever she even thinks we are going by the door. she will hide and wait perfectly still. so to blame the owner and say they should not have their cat back is idiotic. you guys do not know the whole story. and yes an animal can look and feel dead if they are injured enough. even as far as not being able to feel a pulse. shame on you guys for your negativity and harsh judgements!

    • someone:

      amanda, I aGree with what you are saying but you need to look at the video that dusty posted on youtube and her myfund accOunt. The caT wasnt taken to a vet For 2 days after it was fOund, they put epsoM salt in Bart’s injured eye and also were handlinG a cat with mULtiple fractures super roughly! They even claim at 2:50 that the cat was mOving when they found It aNd still decided To bury it after The owner said that he cant do it! It is extreMe irresponsibility that haS led to bart’s mIsfortune!

  • amanda:

    also, I can guarantee that there are better vets at the human society than a regular vet.

  • Trish:

    Great story! Thanks to Tampa Bay Humane Society! I’ll be contributing right after I have had my say. I’ve had cats all my life…I’m the proud parent to four cat kids right now, which is my limit, otherwise I would be happy to take on Mr. Bart too. I agree completely that Bart needs a new owner. Outside cats are not safe! They run the risks of cars, dogs, hawks, coyotes, foxes…and people. I noticed also in looking at the surgery pictures that Bart is not neutered…or inoculated either, I’ll bet. I’m sure the owner cared for his cat, but he’s ignorant. An uN-neutered male cat will come home with bites and lacerations from other Toms not to mention contributing to the feral cat population. Domestic cats ARE NOT their wild cousins! They can stay safe, get regular food and get plenty of stalking play inside the house or on the lanai (dust motes, plants, lizards, bugs, other cats) without decimating the neighborhood bird and vole populations. Win- win!

  • Janet g:

    I TOO FEEL that the owner didn’t act responsibly, & surely could feel that the cat was breathing…so the cat should only go to a responsible person & that the cat who gave the blood go with him….

  • Dan:

    Holy cow, I cannot believe how judgemental some of you people are. God forbid some tragic accident should befall one of your loved ones so you could feel the glare of internet “judgies”. I for one am just glad to hear the cat is getting treatment. Y’all do good works Humane Society! Keep it up!

  • zuzu:

    Years ago we had a manx that loved being inside and outside. We live in a rural area off of main roads. One evening she didn’t come in and I looked for a long time before finding her at the bottom of a pine tree, hardly moving, her eye blood red, she was barely alive, it was freezing outside. I was afraid to move her but wrapped her in my coat and we rushed her to an emergency after hours hospital. I knew she had severe head trauma but no idea what had happened. We had a new dog, so thought he may have attacked her. Kids had been 4-wheeling in the back woods, so maybe they hit her. Maybe she climbed a tree and fell out. We didn’t know, but the doctor there said she was in bad shape and didn’t know if she’d survive. We went in to see her after x-rays had been done and when my husband picked her up she licked his nose, and he told the doctor to do whatever they could. Between there and our vet she spent over a week in the care of vets. She was spoon fed, lost vision in her left eye, had to learn to walk again, and slowly gained strength. We visited her twice a day, the people at the vet were so kind and even went to the grocery store to find baby food to entice her to eat. When she came home we had to help her learn to get around, up and down stairs, and I had to relearn to let her out again when she was ready to go outside for her trips around the yard. she eventually lost her eye, but it wasn’t a big deal. The cost to us was financially huge, but she was so important. We could have used help, but stuff like “Go Fund Me” wasn’t around then. I have always questioned Animal Shelters that take animals in because people can’t afford care, then give the care, and adopt them out to other families. I appreciate that this cat’s family is being helped with vet care and I believe that the shelter is going to seriously “vet” the family before they return the cat to them, as their story is odd and the circumstances are strange. No one on this post knows the entire story, no one has talked to the family, no one has seen them interact with the cat, except the vets and the shelter people. I’m sure with the publicity they are going to be quite careful with the return of the cat to the family. Those that think the cat shouldn’t be outside need to understand that some cats are content to be inside cats, but some would literally wither if they weren’t allowed some outside time. We now have a cat that spent her first year in a barn across the street, and she has to have time outside each day, although her nights are spent inside, as are rainy days and Mondays. She’s a Barn Cat, she loves being outside, but she loves the Kitty Condo on her recliner and her upstairs queenie bed too. I’ve had a two cats that were exclusively inside cats (Siamese), but a few that just needed outside time (Manx). We make a great effort to protect lizards, birds and bunnies, but I admit they are great at keeping the voles out of our yard for which I am grateful. I wish more animal shelters had a program where there were funds to help families get emergency vet help for their animals so they could get treatment when it was needed. Thanks Tampa Bay humane Society for helping this cat and family.

  • Linda Grant:

    Bart you are a real mIRACLE. I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON. tHANK GOD THE VETS OPERATED
    ON BART. I HOPE BART WILL BECOME AN INDOOR CAT NOW. lOTS OF HUGS TO BART.

  • debera:

    hard to understand how poor cat lived through it hope it gets all well must have a purpose

  • boohoo:

    omg – people look what you are COMMENTing , And you call yourself a cat lover but come on …the owner did what he could do ..the financial part of this story no one is rich as you.. privately owned vets do have a big fee for emergency situations. . So if you were in their shoes then you would understand.
    the cat find its way home and the owner did the best he or she could.. there are way worse thing happened to animals we all love and you dont understand This story. Grown up its still a family pet …
    not like the owner dumped it and left it on the side of the road did they??
    I wish the owners good luck .. and the team at animal center did a great job!!

  • Samantha:

    Please look further into this story. It seems like someone is trying to pull a scam. Supposed friends of the owner set up a gofundme account and has raised over $6k for Bart’s care but news reports state The humane society is funding his care. Sounds to me like they’re using his injuries as a way to get money. Not to mention none of the names make sense in the description on the site. Please investigate this further and make sure this man is competent enough to provide adequate care for bart.http://www.gofundme.com/kqy6cg

  • Lana:

    If you watch the youtube video posted by dusty (the neighbor) at the 2:50 mark the owner clearly says the cat was alive and moving when she found it, she told her husband to bury it ALIVE but he said no, instead they moved the cat out of the road and threw it on the curb and left it. the cat was never buried! please don’t return this poor cat back to those people. I believe this whole story was made up to explain the fact they left the cat to die, and when it did not die they did not get it care from the 17th to the 24th. they obviously never cared about this cat until it was worth money.

  • ‘Zombie Cat’ Bart Climbs Out of Grave 5 Days After Being Hit by Car (Warning: Graphic Images) - Los Angeles easy:

    […] had died when he discovered the feline’s apparently lifeless body after he had been hit by a car, a news release from the animal organization stated. He later buried the cat in his […]

  • Cat Lover:

    Under no circumstances should this cat be returned to owners who can’t afford his medical treatment. One look at the pictures should provide a major clue this cat will need help for the rest of his life. Someone needs to step in and take away the cat from the humane society if they insist on returning him to a home that cannot do more than provide food. He would have survived this horrible, painful accident for no reason than to be sentenced to death (again) Please someone help this poor cat before he is returned to more pain and abuse.

  • KMBH 88FM | Back From The Dead: A Cat Returns Home 5 Days After His Burial:

    […] through his surgery very well and is resting comfortably in our care,” the Humane Society said today. “He will be able to go home in five to seven days once he is able to eat on his own. Full […]

  • Britta:

    Please make sure Bart’s people know how to take care of him. Their video says they are putting epsom salts on his eye: “good for everything.” They need some detailed instructions, or else he should be kept at the humane society until he is all better.

  • Bell:

    First off I would agree with most of the post in that returning the cat to the ‘owner’ may not be such a good idea. On the gofundme website for ‘Bart’ seems the ‘owner’ has intentions to make a spectacle of Bart. On the subject of donations, not sure why the gofundme was set up in the first place. The Tampa Bay Humane Society has stated the ‘bill’ has been taken care of. And if you look on the Tampa Bay Humane Society website it does state “…donate to Bart’s care and to help other animals in need!”. What that means – for those of you that really don’t get it – the donations will go to caring for ALL, including Bart, the animals they have. Humane Societies all over the country get barraged with orphan animals, unwanted pets, sick and unhealthy animals simply left at there doors. They are a non-profit which means a large chunk of there funding comes from donations. Bart is only one of the hundreds of stories these organizations deal with daily. If not for the Humane Society the owner would truly be facing thousands of dollars in vet bills. Thank you Tampa Bay Humane Society and all Humane Societies across the country for your caring and giving back to the communities. Please put your money to good use in helping these people help animals instead of going towards building a ‘seeing’ room (from the Bart gofundme web page) for Bart.

  • Un gato “zombie” sale de su tumba después de cinco días para volver a su casa | Radio Fama 101.5 FM Bolivia:

    […] famélico, deshidratado y débil de tanto escarbar para liberarse de su tumba, informó el sitio la Sociedad Humanitaria de […]

  • Catlady:

    I would want my cat back! To all you naysayers, have you considered the cat could have just escaped? Cats are sneaky, you know. Maybe he is an indoor cat – he just got out. Would you want the public to vote you incompetent of taking care of your animal for a simple mistake? I’m sure the humane association and neighbors who actually met this man know better than the uninformed internet majority.

    Also, that’s a ton of medical bills. this is outside the realm of what most people would be able to afford. bless the Tampa Humane society for taking on this case and saving a life.

    this is typing in all caps even though my caps lock is off. Not sure how it will post so apologies if it looks like I’m shouting.

    • someone:

      You need to watch the video that the owner’s neighbor’s Myfund account and youtube! They just mushandled the cat, put epsom salt in his eye fOr 2 days after the cat came back! Another Cat (the neighbor’s) died on the Same day hit by a car.. Isnt it too much of coincidence?!! At 2:50 in the viDeo they even mentioned that the caT was alive when they foUnd it on the road and yet decided to bury it!

  • Rob:

    If the owners refuse to give up this cat then please use some of the donated money to buy him and then give him to someone who will love him and care for him properly.

  • NJ:

    Please do not give this cat back to his original owner! The owner clearly didn’t care for the cat if he didn’t even attempt to get him to a vet after being hit by a car IN THE FIRST PLACE. sO, HE BURIED HIM (PUTTING HIM OUT OF HIS MISERY) ONLY FOR THE POOR THING TO SURVIVE, SCARED TO DEATH, AND TRY TO GET OUT OF THE GROUND THEN FIND HIS WAY BACK HOME, INJURED AND HALF BLIND!?

    tHIS OWNER SHOULD NOT GET A SECOND CHANCE WITH THIS BABY.

  • KIM:

    I would like to see bart go to another home where he will be cared for and loved. He is a true survivor and cant believe he even survived being buried alive in the condition he was in. i am appauled that his owner didnt have him checked first. if he didnt have the money he will never have the money to continue his care. he needs to not be released back in that situation. this is a serious thing that has happened and we cant have this happen again to him. PLEASE RECONSIDER GIVING HIM BACK TO THIE OWNER. THERE ARE LOTS OF PEOPLE THAT WOULD ADOPT HIM.

  • kW:

    outdoor or indoor cats has been a long debate among pet owners. I have had the priviledge of owning several cats in my lifetime. I have lived always out in the country, not the city. most of my cats were indoor/outdoor cats. you can make sure they have the proper vac’s, flea control,tick control etc.. I always called my cats inside at dusk. have a cat door on my garage. but you are always taking a huge chance with outdoor cats; getting hit by a car, shot, poisoned or eaten by the many animals that attack cats, owls, dogs, foxes, coyotes, etc or getting a deadly disease.. I stopped letting my cats outside when a neighbor who doesn’t like cats, accused my cats of walking on his clean cars, he threatened to shoot them if they did so again. not to mention it was heartbreaking to see them kill baby birds, rabbits, chipmunks, even a hummingbird. For the cats that do not get vac’s or flea/tick control, it is a death sentence, we had a stray wander in sick with the deadly tick fever, he had to be put to sleep. it is a horrible way for a cat to die.

  • Ria:

    Instead of arguing over who is right and who is wrong, I wish people would focus on the severe pain that bart is enduring right now post-surgery! Please please pray for him so he doesn’t feel much pain and gets better soon… I hope he is getting plenty of pain medication to not feel it… Poor little munchkin doesn’t deserve such suffering.

    Glad the Humane Society is taking good care of him. He really needs it.

  • Jax the Cat:

    Sad this cat had to endure this ordeal and its owner should be honored an organization such as Save-a-pet | Tampa humane society florida is able and willing to provide the needed medical care the owner could not afford. The owner’s neighbor, dusty Albritton started this page and so far has received donations close to $7000 and the money is still coming in, thanks to the media providing a link. The title of the page, “help with medical expenses for Bart”, hopefully, these donations will be applied toward bart’s medical care. I do hope the Tampa Humane Society and the gofundme site owner, Dusty Albritton can work together on getting this medical funding resolved, you can also find Dusty on facebook. I believe Dusty should educate herself on exactly what tampa humane society does, its a ‘no kill’ shelter and relies on donations to be able to offer services to owners of animals who otherwise can not afford treatment

  • Someone:

    Please post a pic of DRACO, the brave donor cat!

  • Paul Hatherly:

    fROM THE uk:
    wHAT AN AMAZING STORY! hOW MANY LIVES DID POOR bART USE HERE?
    aLSO, i READ SO MANY SAYING KEEP YOUR CATS INDOORS! iN MY HUMBLE OPINION, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULDN’T HAVE CATS – THEY NEED THE “PROWL TIME” TO BE FULLY HAPPY, UNSTRESSED CATS.
    mY UNDERSTANDING OF bART’S CASE (VIA THE bbc nEWS) IS THAT HE SHOWED NO SIGNS OF LIFE (ACCORDING TO A VET), AND WAS STIFF AND LYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD. i THINK THE OWNER CAN BE FORGIVEN, AND SHOWING THEIR CAT THE FINAL RESPECT OF A DECENT BURIAL SHOWS THEIR FULL RESPONSIBILITY.
    gET WELL SOON bART, FROM MY KITTENS rICO AND dAISY (WHO ARE LOVING STARTING TO EXPLORE THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD)

  • Paul Hatherly:

    SORRY ABOUT THE CAPITALS – OTHERS HAVE SPOTTED THIS TOO

  • Jax the Cat:

    Thank you Tampa Humane Society for your decision on saving Bart, also thank you for clearing up the circumstances following the GoFundMe site which is Not affiliated with Tampa Humane Society, Jax

  • someone:

    How is Bart doing Now? Is he in too much pain?

    • CAM:

      The Humane society has been keeping their blog on Bart updated. They also have pictures and videos. From everything they say, as well as the videos and pictures, he is doing great and I’m sure they’ve giving him some good painkillers to ensure he’s not feeling the pain.

  • Cat Lover:

    I am so grateful thr Humane Society looked into what was clearly a story that made no sense and indicated the owners willfully buried a cat alive or contributed to his pain and suffering by not providing medical care to a cat in horrendous pain. This poor cat deserves a loving home with a family who can care for him financially and emotionally. I hope the owners are held responsible for what they did to this cat. Please send donations to the Humane society and not the owners. God speed to Bart on his recovery and to his finding a loving, caring home.

  • […] to the Human Society of Tampa Bay, Bart the Cat did in fact dig himself out of his grave in search of brains […]

  • Bell:

    Good to hear bart will be finding a new home!! Thank you for stepping in and getting to the facts. And I do hope that some how some way Tampa Bay Humane Society gets that ‘gofundme’ money that’s been collected. please do keep us updated on Barts recovery.

  • Jax the Cat:

    Updates on Bart can also be found on, Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/humanesocietytampa/photos/a.103968171727.97336.103832476727/10152663748631728/?type=1&theater

  • Sharon:

    I hope the owners are fully investigated! There is no way a cat with his injuries could have ‘dug’ himself out of a grave. They caused him so much pain and suffering. Please keep fighting for bart. A happy ending would be charges filed against the owners and Bart finding a loving home.

  • […] Many of you probably know about the incredible story of Bart, the cat who was presumed dead and buried, and who then clawed his way out from the grave. But apparently things aren’t as they appear: the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, who has been caring for Bart’s very serious injuries now says they will not return Bart to his former home, sensing that it was not a good situation for him. To keep up with Bart’s story, check out the updates on his page at the Humane Society of Tampa… […]

  • Regina:

    Not terry her name is dusty & how dare she use this cat to scam so many of us and then use the bible to justify her lying. Poor kitty (bart) dumped n a shallow bed of rock in terrible pain, then he managed 2 crawl 2 food i hurt 4 him. Now he is safe with the tampA bay humane society. And the owner & dusty will get their punshiment. They r dangerous & creepy people.

  • ‘Zombie Cat’ Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane Society | SuddenlySlimmer:

    […] Society workers posted Bart’s story on the organization’s blog, calling him the “miracle cat.” But now, Silk told HuffPost that the team is suspicious of some […]

  • 'Zombie Cat' Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane Society - NEWS | Phones | Nigeria Science | Technology |Computers:

    […] Society workers posted Bart’s story on the organization’s blog, calling him the “miracle cat.” But now, Silk told HuffPost that the team is suspicious of some […]

  • […] Society workers posted Bart’s story on the organization's blog, calling him the “miracle cat.” But now, Silk told HuffPost that the team is suspicious […]

  • ‘Zombie Cat’ Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane Society | News & Stuff:

    […] Society workers posted Bart’s story on the organization’s blog, calling him the “miracle cat.” But now, Silk told HuffPost that the team is suspicious of some […]

  • Miracle “Zombie” Cat Bart will not be retrned to his owner, Humane Society says - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

    […] the matter with a statement posted as an update at a page devoted to Bart and his story at their blog, […]

  • nicole blouin:

    I totally agree that poor baby has been thru so much already,his owners dont deserve him,hearing what happened to him really boils my blood,he deserves a good home where he will be cared and loved for.keep fighting bart we are all cheering for you feel better baby!!

  • Miracle “Zombie” Cat Bart will not be returned to his owner, Humane Society says - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

    […] the matter with a statement posted as an update at a page devoted to Bart and his story at their blog, […]

  • poor bart. Glad he is in such capable hands.

  • k Lue:

    Please do not return bart to his previous owner. he obvious has motives on the donations. All excess donations should belong to the humane society who is caring for bart now. If bart’s owner really cares for him, he would have taken him to the vet or humane society immediately. this owner’s intention to get back bart is questionable.

  • maria:

    mY BEST WISHES FOR bART’S FULLY RECOVERY AND MAY HE FIND A LOVING NEW FAMILY ABLE TO PROPERLY TAKE CARE OF HIM.

  • mpixi:

    I don’t see the point: ask bart where he wants to live (=^_^=)

  • ‘Zombie Cat’ Should Not Go Back To Owner Who Buried Him Alive: Humane … | All topics:

    […] Society workers posted Bart’s story on a organization’s blog, job him a “miracle cat.” But now, Silk told HuffPost that a group is questionable of some of a […]

  • Joanne:

    You are doing the right thing for bart. Please don’t give up! He should never go back to those people! Donation on its way. I wish I could bring Bart to my house. He would be safe, fed and loved.

  • […] story, and that Bart’s wounds were consistent with being hit by a car and buried, it was in Bart’s interest to remain with the Humane Society until another potential owner was found, and that they were “prepared to fight to keep the […]

  • ‘Dead’ Kitty Claws Out of His Grave | USA TODAY:

    […] cat was fast taken to a Humane Society of Tampa Bay full-service clinic, where he was treated for conduct mishap and a shop-worn jaw. A exceedingly […]

  • J CLemens:

    I think the cat should not be returned to the owners but for a slight different reasons than some have stated here. First, no matter what you think about the indoor/outdoor controversy, he’s now handicapped and even less suited to outdoor life than he was before he was hit. With just one eye, he will have more trouble avoiding cars, dogs and other hazards.

    Second, because of his broken jaw, he may find it difficult to defend himself with his teeth, and may have difficulty eating any small prey he may capture, possibly choking on small bones instead of crushing them with his teeth.

    Third, the owners may not be able to contain him in their home, even if they promise to, because the cat is used to going out at that location. Fourth, the owners have been vilified (somewhat unjustly perhaps) on social media, and if the cat has health problems or an injury in the future, they may fail to get medical help for him out of fear of further reprisal.

    So though the owners may be good people, and seem to have treated their cat well, as shown by the cat’s overall good health and sociability, there are many reason why it’s in the cat’s best interest to find a new home for him with a family that will always keep him indoors and that has the financial means and a habit of getting prompt veterniary care for their pets.

  • dANIEL:

    I´d be THINKING TWICE BEFORE TAKING ANY OF MY ANIMALS TO THE “hUMANE SOCIETY”, SINCE THEY APPEAR TO POSITION THEMSELVES AS “JUDGES”, MAKING THEIR OWN UNILATERAL EVALUATION OF WHICH ANIMAL RETURNS HOME AND WHICH ONE DOESNT. i´D SAY PEOPLE WILL BE WARY OF ASKING FOR THEIR HELP FROM NOW ON, UNCERTAIN IF THEY WILL BE GETTING THEIR PETS BACK, AFTER THE TREATMENT IS COMPLETED.

    • Sharon:

      The HUmane society did the best for bart, saved it’s life by providing medical care and investigating what is clearly a story of abuse. If you own A CAT OR DOG YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE medical care along with food and shelter. If you cannot pay for medical care, try to bury the animal alive to save yourself some money and make up a story that a 5 year old would find hard to believe, then yes a humane society dedicated to being the voice for animals that do not have a voice may take away “your” pet. And Bart is very thankful they did!!

  • […] the zombie cat, was slated to leave the Tampa Bay Humane Center and return home over the weekend, but new allegations about the circumstances leading up to the […]

  • Ashlee:

    I live on long island ny and I would absolutely love to give bart a loving and caring home. When he gets better are there going to be applications to adopt? Also How do I donate For Bart? I am horrified at this story and just want to give this baby a loving caring home!

    • Jax the Cat:

      Ashlee, go to top of this page, there is the word ‘Donate’ on right, click on it, will take you to donation page or you can call them to donate.

  • Bart update: Miracle Cat makes progress and Humane Society receives a threat - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

    […] Humane Society wrote an update to a blog page devoted to Bart and his progress today, saying: February 2, 2015- Well, Bart […]

  • Joelma:

    oBRIGADO MEU DEUS POR EXISTIR PESSOAS GENEROSAS NESSE MUNDO ONDE A MALDADE AUMENTA A CADA DIA, MUITO LINDO O TRABALHO DE PESSOAS QUE PREOCUPAM COM A VIDA ANIMAL, PARABÉNS ……

  • Clarissa:

    Good luck dear bart! you are strong!

  • Pet Scoop: Puppy Bowl XI Highest Scoring in History, Burned Koala Returned to Wild | 101-shopping.net:

    […] after he found him injured on a road. Five days later, Bart reappeared and Hutson took him to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay for medical treatment. Now, officials from the Humane Society say they don’t plan to give the cat […]

  • […] cat rescue story then proceeded to the humans in white coats. The Humane Society of Tampa Bay took care of the surgery, and the green paper things needed were provided by their Save A Pet […]

  • a:

    i TRUST IN THE HUMANE SOCIETY’S JUDGMENT ABOUT THIS CAT’S HOME ENVIRONMENT. I hope that someone kind will adopt this amazing resilient kitty.

  • Kim S:

    Please do NOt give bart back to these sick people!! what kind of monster buries a live animal? and now they want him back? this is a horrifying example of animal abuse and cruelty. they should be fully prosecuted and banned from owning an animal ever again! thanks to you, this sweet baby has a chance at a good life.

  • […] it was the news that Bart was not going to be returned to his owner by the The Humane Society of Tampa Bay and the dispute about the charitable funds set up to cover his care. Other allegations also […]

  • Mike:

    PLEASE TRY YOUR best to make sure this poor cat doesn’t go back to those scumbags

  • Kathy Flynn:

    I do not like to see people arguing and attacking each other about cats being indoors vs. outdoors. I am sharing what I learned over the years of having many cats and i hope this is helpful. cats have vastly different personalities. Some are content to be indoors and do not even want to go out. others have wilder instincts and persistently run out the door like lightening streaks even if you are not trying to let them out. if you try to keep those cats indoors all the time, they get very depressed. after having some cats get hit by cars despite having a large yard for them, i found solutions and have never had a cat get hit by a car again. i have built an outdoor enclosure with a cat door so my cats can go in and out and still be contained safely. this can be costly, though, and not everyone has the space to do it. Another crucial thing i learned was if a cat is outside and able to get back in the house when it wants to, it is much less likely to keep wandering and get hit. Thus, i installed a cat door and if a cat was out by accident i set it to where the cat could come in but not get back out through the door. I have since moved from the house where I had some cats get out and get hit because it was too close to a road. I now live on a dead end street with barely any traffic. i have the enclosure. I still have one cat that is an escape artist like lightening out the door any chance she gets. however, due to my location now and the fact that she has the enclosure and isn’t stuck inside constantly, she has remained safe. I hope this helps. please don’t attack each other. i only attack people who purposely harm animals or are blatantly irresponsible. many people mean well and do their best and sometimes accidents still happen. hopefull some of the solutions i have found will help others.

  • Do not give poor Bart Back to these people. The so called owner only cares about money off of this poor little cat. The fund he set up is a fraud and the humane Society Hasn’t Seen A Dime Of It. Bart Needs a loving And Caring Home Where He will be Loved To pieces and well cared for. The so called owner does not see bart like this he only sees dollar signs. My heart goes out to bart and when i see pictures of him my heart just breaks. I’ve taken care of sick cats myself and all of them have been my own cats. It takes a special person to truly love a cat and this owner by no means does not truly love bart or any cat for that matter.

  • janis:

    This poor cat should never be returned to those people. their story doesn’t make any sense. If anything, they should be charged with animal abuse and not be allowed to ever have pets again.

  • cheryl:

    Please do not allow the previous owner to get this cat back.i have three cats and i do not allow them outside.

  • CAM:

    Sorry if this comes out all caps, not sure why as my caps lock is not on…The humane society should keep bart. It was irresponsible for bart’s owner to let the cat out in an area where he could get hit by cars, an area where he has known other cats have been hit by cars. It was even more irreponsible to not get vet care for bart immediately when they found him, and to bury him without even confirmation from a vet that he was dead. if you can’t afford to take care of a cat, then you shouldn’t have a cat. This man obviously doesn’t care about his “beloved” cat if he was willing to give up on it and bury it instead of at least verifying it was dead first. As far as I’m concerned, he gave up all rights to bart when he buried him. The humane Society is taking great care of bart and will find him a good home where he can live a good, long, happy, and healthy life. That is something bart will never get if his (hopefuly) former owners get him back. I also wish people would quit giving to that scam gofundme page that the neighbor put up. none of that money will be used for bart’s care, none of it will be donated to the humane society or to any animal charity. I hope bart gets a good family, like he deserves, once he has recovered, and is not returned to hutson. hutson should never be allowed to have another animal, i wouldn’t even trust him with a goldfish.

  • LAra:

    I cried reading this ongoing saga bout this poor kitty. It was even more heart rending that this kitty was a real fighter to claw his way out to get help and be alive. For some reason bart has inspired and motivate me to be strong too whenever i was hit with problems in life. I really pray this cat will heal and have a great life ahead of him. He still very young and deserve to be In a home that will love him unconditionally. I say, humane society should keep him and put up for adoption when he’s all ready. The owner doEsnt deserve to have the cat back since he doesnt know how to take care of one. Too bad i live far away on the east side. If i were locally i wOuld definitely would love to adOpt this miracle cat. To humane society, thank you for caring and giving the medical needs he deserves. Please continue your good work and never give up on This special cat. Bart deserves the best for what he had gone through. Bart, i will pray for yoUr recovery everyday.

  • Bart the Miracle Cat continues to make progress in his recovery after being buried alive with serious injuries - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

    […] UPDATE! February 4, 2015- We are so pleased that Bart continues to improve, day by day. Today when we approached his cage, he actually got up and walked to the door to greet us with chirps and meows. He is also showing a good appetite and interest in eating. He still needs the feeding tube and his jaw will remained wired for another 6 weeks, but he is definitely on the mend. We are proud of the little guy! […]

  • someone:

    I Hope Bart gets well soon.. Poor baby has so much to heal and must be in pain :(. Glad that you guys are taking good care of Him! Thank you!

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  • Cyndi:

    I think those of you who thinks this cat’s ownet shldnt have him back is idiots…this cat has been thru engh and what If he was spoiled rotten and this was a mere accident… don’t you think Bart wants his family during this time? What he feels is home? … do some research also on cats being stuck inside all the time… how bout those of u thinkin he shld be stuck inside all the time…. lock yourself up in the house for the rest of ur life… do some research on what keeping a cat inside Is like to them…

  • someone else:

    Great news about bart’s continued recovery. I hope the animal protection officer will also inspect the place where bart was originally found. it would be a travesty if the woman collecting all the gofundme money for this cat were allowed to get off scot-free, and she had posted plenty of questionable videos of animals with her kids.

  • Helena:

    I’m appalled at what I just saw. Dusty Albritton has set up a new go fund me account asking for donations to bring bart home. She said they need $3,000 for a retainer fee to for an attorney. on her other go fund me account that she says is for bart’s medical care, there’s info from go fund me she told them she’s going to withdraw $3,000. so people donated for bart’s medical care, which albritton refused to turn over to the humane society, will now be paying for a retainer that apparently was required by an attorney before they would take the case. I’VE TAKEN SCREEN SHOTS OF ALL OF IT BECAUSE ALBRITTON CHANGES HER STORY ON A CONTINUAL BASIS. FRAUD, FRAUD AND MORE FRAUD.

  • […] Bart continues to improve and his prognosis looks good. The Humane Society has investigated Bart’s home environment and the circumstances surrounding the accident and burial and decided not to return Bart to his home. You can more about Bart here. […]

  • dOROTHY:

    i JUST WANTED TO POST HOW HAPPY i AM WITH THE OUTSTANDING CARE THAT BART IS RECEIVING. WE ARE CAT LOVERS, ESPECIALLY TUXEDO CATS. WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD INSIDE CATS. OUR LAST TUXEDO LIVED TO 18 ONLY BECAUSE SHE WAS AN INSIDE GIRL. WE NOW HAVE AN OTHER INSIDE GIRL WHO IS 10. i URGE ANY ONE WHO OWNS A CAT TO MAKE THEM INSIDE ONLY. JUST LOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO POOR BART. A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER HAVING THERE PET LIVE IN SAFETY. i’M ALSO CONCERNED THAT IF BART IS RETURNED TO HIS FORMER OWNER THAT THIS MAY HAPPEN AGAIN. OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERS. FIRST THEY LET HIM RUN AND GET HIT BY A CAR, SECOND THEY DIDN’T CHECK HIS CONDITION, ASKED A NEIGHBOR Bury HIM, AND THIS PERSON DIDN’T EVEN CHECK ON HIS CONDITION. THEN WHEN HE MIRACULOUSLY REAPPEARED NO ONE WANTed TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS CARE BUT THANKFUL they GAVE HIM TO AN OUTSTANDING ANIMAL HOSPITAL.

  • ‘Dead’ Kitty Claws Out of His Grave | Nature Universal:

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  • ‘Dead’ Kitty Claws Out of His Grave | Nature Universal:

    […] cat was fast taken to a Humane Society of Tampa Bay full-service clinic, where he was treated for conduct mishap and a shop-worn jaw. A exceedingly […]

  • Cherie:

    Shelters euthanize animals regularly..ones that aren’t even sick or ill. Sometimes the quality of life is so bad that it’s the humane thing to do.The only reason we are even talking about this cat is because he happened to come back after he was buried.Pet lovers have made him an instant celebrity.I wonder just how happy and well he will be after all this surgery and losing an eye. Chances are he will not ever have the quality of life he did before. Everyone wants to be a hero in this story, Maybe the real hero was the owner who buried him in the first place.

  • […] visit the Humane Society of Tampa’s blog and Save-A-Pet fundraiser to help with medical expenses for Bart the cat and other animals in need […]

  • Ana beatriz:

    Creio q meu senhor que o meu deus está cuidando deste pequeno e inocente animal..e que todo mal que nao provem do meu senho que caia por terra está amarrado todo mal!!!!!!!que Deus o abençoe hoje e sempre e o livre de toso mal!!!amém!!!!!

  • Sharon:

    So the owners could not afford to take the cat who has been hit by a car and is in horrible pain to a vet but is now asking for $3000 for a lawyer to get the cat they cannot provide proper care for back???????? Please, Please tell me they are being investigated for animal abuse and fraud. Please do not give these idiots responsible for bart’s suffering any money. All money should go to the Humane Society who is and will continue to care for this poor cat. I will be so happy when he goes to his new, loving forever home.

  • rIA:

    wHAT IS THE UPDATE ON bART? hOW IS HE DOING?

  • DM:

    I can’t believe all you ignorant People who believe Bart would be better off WITH his previous owners. Some of you actually think this poor cat misses his abuser! Unreal. NOt a single one of you who thinks Bart should go back to that hellhole he came from, deserves to own an animal and I feel very sorry for any that you do have.

  • Bell:

    Yes, how is Bart doing? and what did the investigator find out? You guys are the BEST!!!

  • Someone:

    How is Bart doing I wonder…

  • Bell:

    Seriously?!?! Suing?!? Oh this guy is after sensationalism. Funny….he couldn’t afford to take Bart to the vet but he can afford an attorney?? Or maybe it’s the attorney after the sensationalism? Thank you Mr. Gonzalez. Please help TBHS be rid of this nonsense. Hang in there Sherry. You’ve done an extraordinary job of standing behind TBHS’s vision and mission. Btw, Bart looks good. Thank you for the updated pic. You guys really have done a fantastic job.

  • The guy should not have pets PERIOD. Anyone who treats ANY animal this way doesn’t deserve to have it in the first place, never mind getting it back after the bills have been paid by someone else.

  • Owner sues humane society over custody of Bart, the cat who returned from the grave - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

    […] humane society made an update on Bart’s recovery on February 6, saying: “We have some great news about Bart! Check […]

  • Sharon:

    The abusive owners see bart as a meal ticket. If given the chance they would have countless Go Fund Me accounts for everything imaginable-Bart ‘needs’ a special couch to sit on, it’s only $8000!! They would use him for income and his life would turn into a circus, his life might actually be worse then before he got hit by the car and buried alive. I am not a lawyer but it would be great if any lawyers would volunteer any time they had to assist the humane society. The former “owners’ (and I use the term loosely) will do whatever it takes to keep what they see as a huge financial gain for them. Please continue the public outcry, please keep fighting for bart and supporting the humane society. The only one who should benefit from this horrible event is bart-he gets a wonderful, loving home. People who abuse animals should get jail time, fined-not rewarded with money!!!

  • Kitty:

    Ellis Wayne Hutson knows Bart equals money. You should be ashamed of yourself for abusing this animal and now wanting to exploit him for profit. There is a special place in hell for people like you. In the meantime, please make sure bart is never returned to this lowlife. Please everyone continue to support the humane society and bart in any way you can-donations, letters, anything! he got away with hurting bart already, let’s make sure it never happens again!!

  • W:

    Si the original fundraiser, last I heard, was on hold while it was being investigated. suddenly $3,000 is being allowed to be taken out by the ‘friend’ so the alleged owner can get a lawyer? OK, owner, where are all the vet records? You know, spay/neuter, shots, booster, regular vet check-ups … all the things a responsible person does when they live with an animal companion.

    HuofTB I and many others stand with you. Thank you for helping Bart, and thank you for keeping him away from these people. He deserves a good, loving, caring, indoor, safe home once he’s recovered sufficiently.

  • Kasey:

    I hope they keep Bart after the owners did nothing for it when they found it. This accident wouldn’t have happened if the cat was allowed outside. Everyone of you who says cats should be allowed outside should walk up and down busy highways and see how many cats have been hit by cars, eaten by wildlife, or from the elements. Barn cats are exempt from this cause they serve a purpose and food comes to them. In Florida feline aids and are on the rise due to over breeding and loose cats. If your cat is infected they die slow and painful deaths and you have no one to blame but yourselves. Cats are perfectly happy in doors especially if you play with them and give them plenty of toys to play with. Actually they are more happier cause they don’t have to worry about coyotes, falcons, free roaming dogs, other cats! You are destroying Natural wildlife and spreading disease, you all are cat owners.

  • Kim Walker:

    No way should this guy be able to claim Bart. He turned Bart over to the humane society. I bet The former owner just want to get Bart back thinking they may get money out of the deal.

  • Kim Walker:

    Sorry for the typos in the previous message. This just makes me mad that he is trying to get bart back.

  • Susan:

    Please keep poor Bart out of the Abusive owner’s hands. Bart needs a very loving home where he will be well cared for. Bart has been through enough and these people tried to bury him when he was not dead and they did not care about him at all. Please keep Bart Safe!

    • Suzanne:

      I AGREE that the cat needs to go to a nice home. Someone responsible enough to care for him and pay for his medical expenses if necessary.

  • Bart the 'Zombie Cat' owner sues humane society alleging it STOLE his pet | TKG News:

    […] on January 30 the Humane Society of Tampa Bay said in a statement on its website ‘New Information About Bart: Recently we have learned new information about […]

    • Mary Lynn:

      I don’t believe that the cat was “stiff already”; unconscious and cold, however, I believe. Death should be confirmed by using a Stethescope, and if unsure, a living being (animal or person) should be protected and cared for until you are certain that they have passed. his caretakers (whom Bart depended on entirely) buried him alive. This is may be a clue that this would not be the best place for Bart to Live out his life, particularly since he will require vigilant care and attention to his healing injuries, now, and possibly until he dies of old age. Not every person is capable of or qualified for this kind of vigilance and compassionate care. If Bart’s needs are not perceived, they will not be addressed.
      Thank you
      Thank you for your care of our companions.

  • Jeanann Ferguson:

    God Bless you for helping Bart…..and God bless you Bart for hanging in there brining out the best in People…You are truly a determined Miracle

    I think you should stay with the folks who are fixing you because they will be sure you are getting a lot of love.. Filing a law suit is so sill when these folks are saving Barts Life and just shows how little the owner cares for the kitty’s well being

  • Patricia russell:

    I Vote DO NOT RETURN POOR BART TO THE OLD OWNER WHO HAS SHOWN BY THE APPEARANCE OF BART THAT THE OWNER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR BARTS SAFETY. PLEASE ALLOW BART TO BE WITH THE NEW LOVING PEOPLETHAT HAS CARED AND NURSED HIM BACK TO A LOVING AND HOPEFUL PET.

    FOR THE SAKE OF GODS BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS. PATRICIA RUSSELL, PASTORAL CONSULT

  • Ronda:

    We are great full for all of the help you have given all the animals that have reached your caring door.
    Thank you for helping bart the cat, if it were not for you he would not have survived his injuries from his alleged car accident..
    please don’t send him back there to his former owner, I don’t believe they could not tell he was still alive, in some peoples opinion they buried him before he was deceased not considering he would make it out.
    Its our opinion they are heartless people, who may have sinister motives with poor bart.

  • Melanie:

    somebody help the humane society keep bart!

  • Mary Lynn:

    a few years ago, a beautiful young dog came to me who was beeing “neutered” with a rubberband.
    Rubberband still intact, I could see a gaping hole near his testes. He was infectied and in distress. I took “Big black puppy” as I called him, to my veterinarian who then called law enforcement as this was a case of animal abuse. I brought big black puppy home and cared for him. five days later the person who put the rubberbands on him began looking for his dog. He was charged with animal cruelty and paid a small fine. over the next 10 months I cared for this dog over and over again, as he retraced his steps to my home, 3/4 of a mile down the road where his needs were met. He was left for days on end, tied up, no food left, and no water. I was ready to tie the dog to the county attorney’s desk so that he could take over the dogs needs, since law enforcement in our county was not acting on their knowledge of the dog’s neglect. I could hear this beautiful lonely dog whining and calling out all during the night. we are growing as a mixed culture, and our awareness of nonhuman animal feelings and needs is growing. be brave, be aware, insist that neglect stops and that all animals (us included) have food, shelter, companionship, stimulation, and a sense of peace that results in complete wellbeing.

  • John:

    How much money did you guys make off this deal,I hope you enjoy your vacations ,will never help Humane Society again.Dive the cat back it was a accident people like Jenner killing a lady.

    • CAM:

      Are you serious? The Humane Society is NOT making any money off Bart! They are spending a lot of time and money to save Bart and to keep him comfortable and safe. He required a lot of emergency care, surgery, etc. to save his life, and he will continue to need extra medical care for some time to come. any money that’s donated to the Humane Society is put to good use, whether it’s to help Bart or to help another animal in need. The Humane Society also helps families who are good caretakers but simply down on their luck to keep their pets by donating food, etc. to them.

      The only people who seems to be making money from Bart’s misfortune are the ones who put him in this position in the first place, his owner (hopefully former owner) and the neighbor. They didn’t bother to take any precautions to keep him safe, nor did they get medical care for him right away when they found him after he was severely injured. They do not deserve to get Bart back. If they do get Bart back, he will end up dying for real.

      Please do your research, there is plenty of information and evidence on the internet about what happened and what is going on. All you need to do is view the video where they have Bart in the cage after he was injured and listen to them talk to know the people who finally brought him to the Humane Society are NOT suitable guardians for any animal, much less one who will need special care for the rest of his life. There is also plenty of evidence on the internet and elsewhere showing what good work the Humane Society of Tampa Bay does. A little bit of research before posting to boards will help you avoid showing your ignorance.

  • Bonnie Hale:

    Good for you for keeping Bart safe and continuing to treat him. As a former vet tech and a humane educator, I applaud your decision. The lawsuit is ridiculous. Keep on keeping on!

  • Christy brooks:

    I will take this cat in. DO NOT give this cat back to the previous owner. He will not live on the street. Giving this cat back to the people who allowed this to happen is insane!

  • Kimberly Stinnett:

    Please don’t return him back. byI had a cat hit with similar results, only I picked him up and

  • Teresa:

    cats, too, belong indoors. are you kidding me? i’ve never read such bs in my life. if you can’t afford everything they need, and may need, don’t get a pet. good god people.

  • Debbie:

    this kind of crap really pisses me off!!!! sorry but it disgusts me to no end how people treat cats. i have heard so many stories of how someones cat got run over by a car or came up missing because the cats were put outside. i had many cats growing up and wanted to keep them inside but the parents wouldnt let me and i lost most all to car kills. when i got a place of my own i got another cat and kept it indoors; i now have three – two that are rescuses from people who didnt give a rats ass about them (hoarder and one move away and take dogs and leave cats). i was told by a worker at my local shelter that cats are an expendable commodity – they SHOULDN’T be!!!!!! they bleed red blood just like dogs. more people than not seem to take better care of their dogs then they do their cats and its not right!!!!! a pet is a pet – DON’T matter if its a dog or cat – want to put your cat out, train it to a lead, it can be done i’ve seen it!!!! they can be trained to a collar and leash as well. build a shelter outside where you can put them in it and wont be wandering the woods and/or streets. i’ve seen more than my fair share of cats being hit by cars on the city streets because people wont let them stay inside – nothing worse than to see a cat get hit let me tell you. its a sight i hope i never have to see again. the person that owned bart should not be allowed to have him back – he should be PROSECUTED for animal abuse, not that it would really matter because all people get for abusing animals is a slap on the wrist, told they cant have another animal for so many years, then are able to get another one and end up doing the same thing with the new pet over again…..just really pisses me off!!!!!!!

  • Kitty:

    I just read the article about Hutson suing the Humane Society. ‘If we have to go to court, we have to go to court. I haven’t done anything wrong, and I don’t think it’s right to take my cat.’
    I can’t even explain how angry this person makes me. Like another poster said I would love to see the vet records, the medical history of care for this cat. In the article they talk about the You Tube video of the abusive owner and off camera a woman is heard saying he wasn’t dead, “he was moving and stuff” Can charges be filed for leaving a cat you know is not dead in a shallow grave to die?? That seems to fit the profile for animal abuse. This guy should use his Go fund me money to pay fines for animal abuse. How can he even get those funds when they were collected for Barts medical care and he is not paying one penny of it?? The fact he left a cat in horrible pain in a ditch to die because he didn’t want to pay money to even put the poor thing to sleep and then says “I haven’t done anything wrong” tells you all you need to know about this guy. he looks at bart and sees dollar signs. Bart will end up supporting this family if returned. Enough. Every animal that is abused does not get a second chance. Bart for some reason did and it was not to be returned to this abusive idiot so he can make money off him. ENOUGH!!!

    • CAM:

      I could not agree more, Kitty! Not only should Hutson NOT get Bart back, he should also be charged with Animal Neglect, at least, and hopefully a charge or two of Animal Cruelty as well. Anyone who cares for animals would have rushed Bart to an animal ER when seeing him in that condition! Even someone who isn’t thrilled with cats or who is more concerned about finances than the cat would surely have at least dropped him off at a vet’s office or the Humane Society where he would either get care or be humanely euthanized instead of simply digging a small hole and stuffing him in there hoping he’d just die. I don’t know anyone who would have simply assumed he was dead or far enough gone to die on his own. That is horribly inhumane. They should NOT get Bart back, and I hope that the video is shown to the judge in the lawsuit so the judge will see and hear exactly the kind of people Hutson and neighbors are.

    • cat owner:

      You have no clue what you’re talking about. the cat was buried by the owner’s neighbor, not the owner himself. Please get your facts right.

  • Jackie:

    OK, FIRST OFF, FOR SOME REASON THIS SITE ONLY LET’S ME TYPE ALL CAPS. I’M NOT GOING TO GET STARTED ON THE WHOLE INDOOR/OUTDOOR ARGUMENT. PERSONALLY, MY FOUR ARE KEPT INSIDE. if you’ve seen the youtube video that everyone’s talking about and been to the gofundme page, that’s the only evidence i need to convince me that poor little bart does not need to be in the hands of those people. i donated to the gofund account but got a refund when i realized to my horror that it was a scam! there’s just something not right with the whole situation and i am fully supporting the tampa bay humane society in its fight for this brave little creature! hoping for all the best in the world for you, bart! we’re all rooting for you!!

  • Samantha:

    Well, i DON’T BELIEVE THIS STORY. fIRST OF ALL HIS COAT IS WHITE, IF HE WAS LAYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD THIS INJURED THEY SURE CLEANED HIM UP WELL. THERE IS NO DIRT ON HIS COAT, DOESN’T SOUND LIKE THEY PUT HIM IN A BAG. HIS COAT IS JUST TOO CLEAN TO BE LAYING IN A POOL OF BLOOD THEN BURIED. THEY ARE PUTTING MEDICINE IN HIS EYE, WAS THIS BEFORE THEY TOOK HIM IN? iF SO THAT GIVES MORE REASON NOT TO BELIEVE THIS BECAUSE HE IS CLEAN. THE STORY DOES NOT MAKE SENSE. FIRST THE WOMAN SAYS SHE SEES HIM MOVE, YES HE COULD OF DIED AFTER THAT, BUT TO ME THE WOMAN SPEAKING SOUNDS TOO JOYOUS OVER A CAT THAT WAS BURIED FOR 5 DAYS, WOULDN’T THAT CAT BE EMACIATED AT THIS POINT WITHOUT FOOD?

  • Tammy ward:

    I am hoping that bart does not return home to his owner that would be so inhumane. i saw the living conditions and this guy shouldn’t have any pets. while they may be fed, which i don’t know for a fact that is true, the living conditions are deplorable. for this guy to just stuff the cat in the ground and call it day is insane and now that the cat and the humane society are getting publicity, he sees dollar signs. thanks for the humane society for keeping this cat safe, taking care of him and all the people that have donated their time and money to keep this cat alive and healthy. the cat deserves to thrive and flourish in a healthy environment not to live in a dirty, filthy home and live in squalor with an owner who obviously doesn’t give a crap! you are all super rock stars for taking the cat in and nursing him back to health. the world needs more people like you. i declare the humane society will win the lawsuit and bart will not have to be returned to his home and i also declare that god is gonna bless bart and put him in a good, healthy, nourishing environment that he can thrive. in jesus name! can i get an amen out there?

  • bella accalai:

    Please do not return this poor, beautiful cats to his owners. Responsability must be taught.

  • jodie:

    wow. such stuck up, think they shit dont stink kind of ppl on here… i hope bart gets to go back to his family.!!! .. yeah i wrote that!! … i had a cat run over a few yrs ago, and i can tell u it broke my heart.., who r u to judge how much he loved his cat.. u say he didnt care because he didnt take it to the vet?.. the cat was presumed dead by the owner and by the neighbour.. the neighbour burried him thinking they were doing the right thing… ?!? … how is that cruel?.. having a funeral for ur loved pet is wrong??? >:( … I DONT GET IT, PPL HAVE BEEN BURRYING THEIR ANIMALS SINCE FOREVER AND U WANT TO SAY HE WAS WRONG TO DO SO??… wow…… oh and ppl who say cats dont know what a road or a car is… is just plain stupid… unless u lock ur cat away inside (which i think is cruel) they do see the world around them… cats are not dumb… its u that sounds dumb….. get back in ur box n stay there coz y’all clearly dont live in the real world… smh…… im just thankful bart survived and has the strength that he has to take on life.

  • Kitty:

    Cam, I hope we hear the results of the investigation into animal cruelty charges soon. What makes me so angry is I do cat rescues. Which is how I ended up with 5 cats. a few months ago a long haired black cat started to come around at night. He was completely matted and not in great shape. He would eat the food but not let me near him. I live in NJ and as usual the shelters I called were filled. Finally he started to let me pet him a little, and when he showed up limping I was able to trap him (took 3 days for him to go in the trap) I brought him to the vets, got him neutered, shots, they had to shave him b/c his matting was so extreme. I found out he had scars from being shot with a BB gun and still has a BB in his side. He is also diabetic and FIV positive. I have spent hundreds of dollars on a cat I knew for a few months, but letting him suffer was not an option. Like many people we do not have a lot of spare money, we will just do w/out in another area. I am trying to find this amazing, loving ‘special needs’ cat a home and would never even think of asking for reimbursement for his medical costs. I just want to find him a great home. So when I read about this guy who ‘owns’ bart for 1 1/2 yrs and sees ‘his’ cat mangled, bloody and STILL ALIVE, and he sticks him in a ditch to suffer and die-I just can’t believe it. now he uses money people donated for his medical care for a lawyer (how is that different than using it to buy a tv?) because he thinks he has the next grumpy cat! The cat he left to die alone, in pain, in a ditch he now cares sooo much about because he thinks he can make money off him. Nothing could be more sick than causing an animal pain and then turning around and wanting to profit from it.

  • Megan:

    if anyone has half a brain, they would read the story. two cats were killed on the same day and buried. if you listen to the video they posted on the Go Fund Me or the Youtube channel from the woman who is “helping” them and started the Go Fund Me (which by the way.. the HUman Society has covered all the costs yet they are still accepting donations..) the one woman (whom is the wife of the owner) makes a comment like “when we got him, he was kind of moving” and they chose to bury him anyway and not seek medical treatment whatsoever. Something is very WRONG with this Picture. Not one, but TWO cats were killed. Also, if you read the comments about how he got injured– it constantly changed. First it was a car, then it was the vicious pit bull or a raccoon that lives in the neighborhood. So if you know a vicious animal lives outside or gets outside constantly, why are you allowing your cats to stay outside?

    These people sound like VERY irresponsible pet owners. My cats have gotten out– it happens, I understand, but two of their cats were killed on the SAME day? These cats were purposefully outside cats, which depending on where you live, can be the worst idea and obviously in this case, it was. There are many diseases they can catch: FIP, FELV, FIV, WORMs, infections from open wounds from fighting with other cats or another animal, Unwanted pregnancies if they are not spayed/neutered, and always the fear of them getting hit by a car. This happens VERY frequently.

  • Dave:

    Is it just me or is Bart looking great? I try to check on him a few times a week so keep the updates coming.

  • Natalie:

    Bart should be the Humane Society’s property and mascot since they are the ones who are caring for Bart, feeding him and giving him the love and attention he needs.

    do not return Bart to his EX-owners. Both they and their attorney are only interested in the $$$ profits a ‘zombie cat’ would bring. They don’t see Bart as a pet, only as an object for ‘riches and fame.’ That is disgusting, heartless and greedy.

    • CAM:

      I agree! And, isn’t it ironic that one of the main complaints the greedy neighbor has made is that the Humane Society is “using Bart for fundraising?” It seems like that neighbor who has the gofundme site is the one driving all of this nonsense, not sure whether it’s at Hutson’s direction or if Hutson is just along for the ride, but the neighbor is dfinitely stirring things up when she shouldn’t be. They should be grateful for the HSTB’s great care of Bart, rather than begrudging them the donations they’re getting due to the publicity. Those donations will be used to help other animals in need in addition to building the funds back up that were depleted so far in paying for Bart’s care. Such ungrateful, greedy people, and I hope they are NOT successful in getting Bart back.

  • Jess:

    Can’t believe how many irresponsible people are commenting about cats belonging outdoors. If you want your cat to roam outdoors, fine, just as long as you are willing to supervise them. You wouldnt let a dog roam outdoors would you? Stop making excuses for a lazy irresponsible owner, i for one am glad he won’t be getting Bart back. Shame on you

  • cat owner:

    firstly, sorry if this shows as all caps. the site won’t allow me otherwise.

    So, i’ve owned 3 cats, and all three of them have been “outdoor” cats, and all 3 love being outside, and have never gotten hurt, and are perfectly healthy (shots, vet visits, etc etc). Does that make me a bad owner?

    Fyi, for all those saying “cats don’t understand what cars are”, are you stupid? do your children understand what a car is? my cats know that when they hear a car, they go somewhere where it won’t hit them. you people are insane. let the man have his pet back.

  • jAy:

    seriously, just Give the man his pet back. I understand funding must be difficult and Organisations like yours do so much yo help out but are you that desperate in stealing a family’s pet just for Because he’s an internet sensation. shame on you, Just give him Back..

  • jAy:

    and to thOse freaking out About cats going outside, most of them love it. do you think in farms throughout the us And canada theY’re all cooped up inside, no. are they still loved and cared for, yes. Maybe some of you hear horror stories but what about the thousands of aniMals who don’t have any issues and live full lives going out and coming back Home whenever they feel the need. i’m not saying this Out of disrespect but that family has two very healthy dogs, do you honestly think they do not Know the value of a creature’s life? do you guys think they would just bury that cat for fun? come on! btw sry for the caps.. phone’s meSsed up

  • Pamela Sorokey:

    OMG! Dear sweet gorgeous loving precious angel Bart, god bless you always baby boy…<3 You deserve all the best in this world, especially a wonderful loving and caring furrever home, where you will be loved and pampered! Those stupid asshole ex owners should never be able to see you again! They don't deserve to after the way they treated you and just tossed you away, not even taking you to the vet to be checked out if you were still alive and for treatment of all your injuries. Bart, I love you so very much and I am sending you so much love with lots of hugs and kisses…<3 <3 <3 you are in my heart furrever precious baby Bart…<3

  • Cindy Bogue:

    I understand that the guy says he’s sorry and he made a mistake but they should not let him have Bart back because there is a possiability this kind of thing could happen again or worse not sure how it could be any worse then what happened to this poor boy and so glad to see he is doing well. God Bless all of you who are taking care of him.

  • Helena:

    Dusty Albritton is at it again!!! no one donated on her gofundme help bring Bart home site, so she’s shut down the Help Bring Bart Home account and CHANGED the title of her other account to read, to quote dusty: “A small update , I have changed the heading for Bart The miracle cat and for his owner for legal fees to help bring his Baby boy Bart home where he belongs”

    This is FRAUD!!!!! PEOPLE WHO DONATED TO THIS GOFUNDME ACCOUNT THOUGHT THEY WERE HELPING PAY FOR bART’S CARE. SO NOW she THINKS CHANGING THE HEADING WILL ALLOW HER TO USE THE MONEY IN THE ACCOUNT FOR LEGAL FEES FOR MR. HUTSON? pEOPLE DONATED FOR MEDICAL CARE, not legal expenses for Mr. Hutson. you can’t change the intentions of the money collected. That is defrauding people!

  • Nancy:

    I AM APPALLED AN OWNER WHO LITTLE GIRL HITS THEIR HUSKY WOULD HAVE ANY ANIMALS. WATCH THIS VIDEO.

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/02/03/pkg-zombie-cat-custody-battle.wfts/video/playlists/strange-but-true/

  • lUCA:

    bART REALLY IS A MIRACLE CAT HAVING SURVIVED SUCH ABUSE AND TRAUMA!!. HE SHOULD NOT GO BACK TO PREVIOUS OWNER-THAT WOULD BE INSANE. I AM SO PLEASE THE TAMPA HUMANE SOCIETY RECEIVING FREE LEGAL SUPPORT
    lCS (uk)

  • Robin:

    bart is so awesomE, so strong…

    Please fight hard Mr. Thomas Gonzalez, of Thompson Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, Sherry Silk, and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, to keep Bart safe!! You are all awesome too!

    Thank you.

  • Cyntthia:

    The woman who has that go fund me site should refund all the money that people donated. She has no intention of using that money towards that poor cat’s medical care. She’s a fraud in every sense. I surely hope that Bart never gets returned to the owner(s). What a cruel thing to do to an animal. Just cruel! She should be ashamed of herself.

    Yay for Bart getting better, too!

  • Bart the Miracle Cat: Update on his recovery and a Q&A on his custody case - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

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  • Do not Give Bart Back to His Former Owner. He let this poor cat suffer from two to four days before getting medical help for him? That is so wrong. He was present when Bart was being buried alive? That’s even worse and so very Wrong. Hutson is not fit to have this poor cat back and doesn’t care about him. He only wants his 15 minutes of fame out of all this and it looks like he’s trying to milk this for money too. This is all about getting Bart a safe and loving home which he truly deserves.

  • Kitty:

    The article dated 2/17 gives a very clear reason why the humane society decided to not return bart to his owner “Why did you change your mind about returning Bart to his owner? We received information that the owner was actually present when Bart was buried and there was a witness claiming the cat was still alive. In addition, we discovered that Bart was not brought to us immediately after he crawled out of the grave. He suffered from severe injuries for at least 2-4 days in the care of his owner before the medical treatment was sought; this is against the law.” So 2 questions, why haven’t charges for animal cruelty been filed against the onwner? If charges were filed I am sure that would provide all the evidence needed to not return Bart. And as for the Go Fund me money, why hasn’t the account been taken down and the money returned? They must have rules against fraud. I remember a case involving a woman who collected funds for her cancer care and it turns out she never had cancer. The account was shut down and she was orderd to return the money. If Go Fund me allows this kind of fraud, my son’s betta fish has a scale that is slightly bent. I need about $3000 for his medical care. Go fund me.

  • Marleen Mischke:

    I will gladly take that cat who could do such a thing I just lost a cat and my other is getting on in age. He misses our Lee and would love another friend

  • Morgan:

    Oh.my.god with these comments. I now see why florida is a huge joke to the rest of the counrty. Listen, cats dont get hit by cars if they are kept indoors. A propEr owner provides cats with stimulation, excercise, and proper diet and they are perfectly fine inside!!!

    Outdoor cats risk: disease, cars, abuse by humans, abuse by children, dogs, coyotes, the elements, etc etc etc etc. if you truly can argue that cats are better off outside you are absoluTely as crazy as The owner who never once took Bart to the vet.

    Again. Wow.

  • Kathy Flynn:

    Anyone who thinks the humane society is trying to line their pockets has obviously never worked for or volunteered at a shelter. i do volunteer and it is a very eye opening experience to see the sheer number of animals they deal with and do their best to save, rehome, etc. this lawsuit is absurd. Where is the owner getting the money for the attorney, from go fund me? what a ridiculous waste of time and money. this former cat owner needs to give back the money people donated that never got used for the cat’s expenses. those of you that think the humane society is wrong, i suggest you go volunteer and see what they deal with and you will think again. it is unbelievable that they were able to save this cat at all. i give the humane society all the credit and am signing whatever petition comes my way to keep bart away from hutson.

  • someone:

    How is Bart doing now? Please post some pictures. Thanks!

  • Robin:

    Make no excuses to those who can not afford vetenairy care for their pets!
    The choice is yours whether or not you can afford to own a pet!!
    Its years AND YEARS of enjoyment and coMmitment owning a pet!!!
    If you can’t afford the necessary care that follows don’t own a pet!!!!

    Hello…yes it can Cost thousands of $$$ for vetenairy care!!!!!

    …can you afford it?

    There are NO excuses for animal neglect and abuse.

  • hI,JUST POSTING TO THANKYOU FOR ALL OF BARTS HEALTH NEWS,AND OF COURSE JUST ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN IT A BIG THANKS.MY WEBSITE FOLLOWED BART AND ALL HIS UPDATES,MY FBOOK PAGE WAS GIVEN HUNDREDS OF THANKYOU TO YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU DONE AND BIGGEST LOVE PRAYERS AND WISHES OF A GOOD LIFE NOW.SO A BIG THANKS FROM US AT tlc https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Loved-Cats/566512746787061?ref=hl.

  • […] we bring you Bart, the Zombie Cat. The Tampa Humane Society details his story thus far in “Miracle Cat Comes Back from the Grave“. Bart was apparently hit by a car in January. The owner believed the cat to be dead and […]

  • Dave:

    Any chance you’d be able to post larger pictures of him playing??? I love to see that the little guy is recovering.

  • Kitty:

    Love, love the pictures of bart playing! It is always a great moment when my cat rescues who have never been in a house or had a toy before figure out how fun playing can be. I bet bart didn’t get many toys in his previous “home”. Can an online petition be put together to gather signatures to protest bart being returned to his abusive owner? It could be presented to the court if the stupid lawsuit goes through.

    • Rambling rector:

      Add my name to that list , kitty !!

      Thank you Humane society for looking after bart so very very well, and please do continue to keep giving us updates – even across the pond, we’re routing and praying for him.

      bless you all 🙂

  • Miracle cat Bart continues to recover and makes a friend - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

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  • Please keep Bart safe and do not let him go back to that horrible owner. Bart is doing so well and this owner did not care about bart at all or they would not have buried him alive and they waited to take him to the vet after he had those severe injuries for at at least 2 to four days? Bart was not even vaccinated or fixed and a responsible and caring and loving pet owner does that for their cat.This owner did not do that. The Humane Society does not even think Bart was hit by a car.Maybe he was hit on purpose with a baseball bat? That is beyond cruelty and this owner must not get Bart back. Bart needs a loving and caring home where he will be taken care of of and treated like a cherished fur baby he is.

  • I like your ideas about reducing costs in the health care system is too good

  • CAM:

    Good for Bart for getting a nice bath followed by some wonderful snuggling! I’m sure he’s had more love, care, and attention in the short time he’s been there than he has his whole life! Keep up the great work, and may justice prevail and rule in your favor!

    • karen:

      please don,t let that person have bart back,find bart a better home.the humane society should be in jail. for animal crulety,and not allowed ever to have any more animals. plus a hefty fine. god bless bart and the tampa bay rescue league

  • […] is greatly improving for Bart the Miracle Cat whom was allegedly buried alive. On Monday The Humane Society of Tampa Bay released the following […]

  • Belle:

    OMG!!! How awesome!! A kitty stroller!! Bart is TRULY getting spoiled! How wonderful to see such an outpouring of love and support for this little guy that got tossed in the ground and dug himself out. He deserves every ounce of love and tenderness he’s getting. Thank you again Tampa Bay Humane Society for taking such good care of him and sharing him with the rest of the world. And Thank you so much for all the pic’s and updates. We Love Bart!!

  • Bart the miracle cat gets a stroller - Netizen Pet - Netizen Pet:

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  • Lai-Lai:

    A dark haired cat with one eye comes back from the dead….. Why is it not named “Lord Phantomhive?”

    (& why can I not disable capslock on this site?)

  • Angie:

    Hi Tampa bay team, I just wanted to say all the way from Australia, thank you. Thank you to all the vets, the staff, your volunteers, your legal team and the locals who have donated for bart. I have only just found this story and it brought tears to my eyes. He is a very lucky boy to have a second chance at at life. So I just wanted to say thank you. So many vets would just put him to sleep (too hard basket) so I am SO glad that you didn’t. I hope Bart someday ends up in a beautiful loving home where he will eventually learn to forgive humans. Sending you much love and healing juju Bart xoxoxox Angie & Jinxy, Salem, Lego, Chewy, Mojo and spirit.

  • Victoria:

    ‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated ~ Mahatma Gandhi’ (1869-1948. Spiritual leader of India)
    Bart deserves the love and care he is receiving by our beloved humane society of tampa Bay. I am glad that he has a waiting list of 100 + potential forever homes, where burying him alive will not be the first response to an unfortunate accident. Trust me, bart deserves a forever home that values him as a companion pet, protects him and knows intuitively that all companion cats belong indoors. I trust that the humane society will make that choice wisely. Lucky Bart! just one precious survivor with a compassionate advocate. Thank you, Humane society. Thank you.

  • CAM:

    Excellent progress, Bart! Keep it up! Plenty of room on that desk for the staffer to work, or for another kitty to rest LOL Thank you, HSTB, for taking such great care of Bart and all the other animals that come to you.

  • dO NOT, PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THE LEGAL SYSTEM TO TAKE THIS CAT BACK TO CERTAIN DEATH.THANK YOU, hstb, FOR THE REMARKABLE WORK. hOPE THIS HAS MADE OTHERS AWARE OF WHAT YOU DO SO THAT ADDITIONAL ATS MAY BE HELPED. BART, YOU GO, GUY!

    • CAM:

      I couldn’t agree more. Bart didn’t know what he was missing out on before, so as bad as life was for him, it was all he knew. Now, he surely thinks he’s died and gone to heaven, so to have him sent back to a “life” with people who don’t care if he lives or dies would be cruel and inhumane. Poor Bart would forever wonder what he did to be banished back to that neighborhood and the h*ll that’s there for him and the other cats there. He deserves to live the rest of his life pampered, spoiled, loved, and well-cared-for like he’s being now. All cats deserve this, and after what he’s been through, he just cannot be denied happiness for the rest of his life just so some selfish, uncaring people back in his old neighborhood can profit from his pain until he dies for real.

  • […] The cat was in bad shape, with maggots covering open wounds on his body and a ruined left eye, but remarkably survived with the help of treatment from the Humane Society. […]

  • Vets: Dog hit by car, hit by hammer and buried — rises again – CNN International | SweetPetsSupply:

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  • […] The cat was in bad shape, with maggots covering open wounds on his body and a ruined left eye, but remarkably survived with the help of treatment from the Humane Society. […]

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    […] The cat was in bad shape, with maggots covering open wounds on his body and a ruined left eye, but remarkably survived with the help of treatment from the Humane Society. […]

  • Jax the Cat:

    <3 Ya Bart, you're the Boss!!!

  • CAM:

    Awwwww! Thank you for the continued updates on Bart. It’s great to see him enjoying his life now and helping the nervous kitten!

  • christine miller:

    bart is so awesome, i pray, that everything turns out ok for him, i love following his updates, keep the coming

  • danielle:

    Bart, you beautiful, amazing cat!
    Today is ‘GiveDay TampaBay’, and in honor of you, the incredible work done by the Humane Society, and my own beloved rescues, I have made a donation (to TBHS) in tribute to all the wonderful things that come from TBHS. Thank you for all the work you do every day to make animals healthy and happy, which, no doubt makes people feel better too.!

  • Belle:

    Danielle, very generous and a very sweet wonderful tribute! I too love following Barts updates. TBHS has been so very kind and diligent in keeping the world updated. THANK YOU!! And wondering how that stupid lawsuit is coming? Hang in there Bart, you’ll have a NEW HOME SOON!!

  • CAM:

    So glad to see an update! Bart is looking so good now, I hope the judge hearing the custody case will realize how bad Bart’s life was before and how good it is now and do the right thing. It’s always funny when a huge dog is intimidated by a relatively small cat 😉 Very good that they were supervised at all times, though, and good that you pointed it out so that people who might be new to pet guardianship will understand how important that is.

    Please keep up the good work, and we’re keeping our hopes up that Bart will find a safe forever home far away from the “owners” who buried him.

  • mARI:

    it’s so nice to see bart’s update here! he looks a lot better now. 😀

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  • Scott:

    Please post more updates of bart; sorry about the caps it’s all that’s allowed with my current browser and your forum.

    Thank you for taking care of him!

  • CAM:

    Thanks for the update! He’s looking so much better and happier than when he first arrived, he has truly been reborn thanks to the hard-working folks at the HSTB. We’re keeping up hope that HSTB will win custody of him. All anyone needs to do is look at the pictures to see how much healthier and happier he is now.

  • Scott:

    Yes, thanks for the update. You guys are wonderful beyond words…

  • Belle:

    Wow, he sure does look comfy. He also looks healthy. you guys are truly awesome!

  • Natasha:

    i’VE JUST HEARD OF THIS SAD STORY AND CRIED ALL THE WAY THROUGH READING. I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE BART ALIVE AND WELL. And so pretty:) Greetings to bart from russia from my two cats.
    ps sorry for the caps, can’t seem to turn it off.

  • JOHN:

    Very nice work guys, you are a credit to the humanity of man, and not the inhumanity of man. So nice to see him recovering nicely. let’s all hope and pray that the cretins that buried him don’t ever get him back.

  • BERNADETTE:

    JUST WATCHED THE YOU TUBE VIDEO. YOU CAN CLEARLY HEAR AT THE 2:50 MARK THE OWNER SAYING THAT BART WAS STILL MOVING AND THAT SHE WANTED HER HUSBAND TO TAKE HIM AND BURY HIM. THOSE PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ANY WHERE NEAR BART! I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO TOLERANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO ABUSE ANIMALS OR CHILDREN. I PRAY THAT THE COURT WILL SEE THE VIDEO AND MAKE THE CORRECT JUDGEMENT, WHICH IS TO LET BART STAY WHERE HE IS.

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  • CAM:

    Thanks for updating the page even if there’s no news yet on the court case. We’re all hoping that no news will turn out to be good news. Bart looks 1000% better than he did when he was brought in, and he should absolutely never return to those people!

  • CAM:

    Thank you for the updates! LOL on Bart getting dibs on the staff’s treats 😉 He looks so much better than he did when he first got there, and looks like he’s filled out nicely instead of being all skin and bones. Keep up the great work! We’ll continue to hope that you win the custody battle so he can find a good forever home where he’ll have people who will love him and take proper care of him.

  • Belle:

    Thanks for the update on Bart. He does look GREAT!!

  • christine miller:

    HE’s so sweet, i’m so glad he is so happy and busy now, thank you for the update, i chech most every day, god and i love you mr bart

  • […] Miracle Cat Comes Back From The Grave! | The Humane … – I’m horrified they are giving this poor cat back to the owner who didnt keep him safe indoors so caused this car damage, buried him without checking for vital signs … […]

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  • terrytt:

    awesome.that cat is doing good.he is ment to be here.all that pain he had while digging himself out that grave.strong cat.bless you bart.

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