Herman, a gentle, geriatric cat is recovering in SPCA care after being assaulted in the Downtown Eastside. Vancouver police officers were called to the scene near Carrall and Hastings streets on Sept. 18 after witnesses reported the cat’s owner, 63-year-old Harold Aubrey Borgal, strangling the white, short-haired cat. By the time officers arrived, Borgal had put Herman into a black bag and was beating him against a building wall. Borgal was taken into police custody and Herman was rushed to a veterinary clinic for treatment.
Lorie Chortyk, spokesperson for the BC SPCA, says Herman is doing well despite the trauma. “He has a great appetite, he’s drinking well and he’s been grooming himself, which are all good signs,” she says. “He doesn’t appear to be in pain from the attack on Friday, but he is definitely a senior cat with a number of age-related health issues such as chronic kidney disease and dental problems. He also appears to have some spinal damage caused by an earlier trauma.”
She says Herman is a calm and extremely friendly cat. “He is very affectionate and loves to cuddle. He really deserves to be in a home where he is safe and loved.”