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Stray Cat Transferred to Long-Term Care Facility
Posted Date: 9/27/2012 12:00 PM

“Skinny” the cat, a stray picked up by Animal Services from a Richardson resident’s backyard, was taken to a long-term care facility on Tuesday. That followed a week of intense media attention from around the world and hundreds of inquiries about adopting her, all because of her unusually large size.

Skinny The Cat

She is about 41 pounds and extremely overweight, which means she requires specialized veterinary care. She has difficulty grooming herself and cannot walk around very easily.

Local news initially covered the “Skinny” story, and she was featured around the world after The Associated Press picked up the story, followed by other national media including People magazine. She has been placed in a long-term facility, where she is receiving specialized care focusing on diet, exercise and grooming. After she returns to normal weight and is again healthy, she will be able to be adopted.

Skinny The Cat

“At the long-term shelter, they can provide one-on-one care and get her back to good health,” Assistant Director of Health – Animal services Dennis Wooten said.

For information about other animals available for adoption, as well as more photos and video of “Skinny,” visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at