In what seems to be a rather strange and surprising move, care home staff at Sunridge Place care home in Duncan, B.C. have allegedly switched a real cat with robotic version.
According to reports in the local media, Dawn Douglas is a dementia patient and has been living at the Sunridge Place care home for nearly two years now. The Douglas family had requested the care home to allow their cat Snoop to live with their mother. The care home asked the family to supply appropriate documentation from the family doctor and a veterinarian.
Once the proper documentation was provided along with the necessary certificates Snoop was allowed to stay with Dawn. Within a day of Snoop moving in with Dawn, the care takers told Dawn that they were taking it for a bath; however, they never brought Snoop to Dawn and instead replaced the cat with a robotic version.
The family has taken the matter to the local health authority as well as their local politician post this event.
A spokeswoman for Park Place Seniors Living, which operates the home, says a staff member had a severe allergic reaction and the cat had to be removed, but she could not comment on allegations that the home refused to return the animal.
Linda Foley says residents are not allowed to have pets, although they can visit, but the family says the home took advantage of Douglas’s condition and their treatment of her amounts to elder abuse.