February 4, 2014
By: Gina Browning, SPCA Director of Public Relations

'Anastasia' Found by Duerstein Street Resident

UPDATE, FEBRUARY 6: The manager of Suburban Lock & Key, the company that provided the key able to unlock the handcuff around Anastasia's neck, contacted the SPCA Serving Erie County this morning to say that a "Do Not Pay" slip is on its way to the shelter, voiding the cost of the creation of the key. Thank you to Suburban Lock & Key for donating this service. The SPCA reminds individuals who may have more information on the person responsible for locking the cuff on the cat to call the SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigations Department, 716-875-7360. In other news, Anastasia has been adopted to a loving home where no family members own handcuffs.

SPCA Serving Erie County officers received a call from a Duerstein St., West Seneca resident yesterday, concerned over a stray cat that seemed to have a metal handcuff locked around her neck (see photos below).

The concerned community member was able to confine the cat late last night; NYS Peace Officer and SPCA Animal Rescue Officer Bill Heine, who says the cat was very sweet even with the cuff on, picked up the cat at 11:00 pm and transported her to the SPCA's 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda infirmary. The cat's breathing did not appear to be impaired, yet according to the SPCA's Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations and Admissions Amy Jaworski, "Based on the condition of her fur and her discolored, worn hair, it's clear the cuff has been around her neck for quite some time."

Despite several attempts to remove the cuff, officers and members of the SPCA veterinary team were unable to unlock the cuff from the cat's neck.

This morning, the cat, dubbed Anastasia, was transported to Suburban Lock and Key on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore where, for $25.00, a key was provided to unlock the cuff.

Anastasia is thought to be approximately two and a half years old, weighs six pounds, and is already up for adoption at the SPCA's Tonawanda shelter. Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the condition of the cat is encouraged to call the SPCA's Animal Cruelty Investigations Department, 716-875-7360. For information on adopting Anastasia, call the SPCA Adoptions Department: 716-629-3531.





Those who witness a situation that might constitute
cruelty and/or violence toward animals in Erie County,
including animals left outdoors with inappropriate
shelter in yards, are encouraged to report the
circumstances to the SPCA Serving Erie County:
716-875-7360 or