PHILADELPHIA (AP/CBS) – A Philadelphia family is upset after an animal rescue shelter amputated their cat’s crooked leg.

Kim Schmidt says Stinky the cat was born with the malformed rear leg.

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The cat escaped from their home over the weekend and ended up at ACCT Philly, a rescue shelter.

Employee Ame Dorminy says the shelter takes in about 15,000 cats annually and the staff there made a decision that the cat could be adopted out more readily if its bad leg was amputated. Dorminy says the shelter doesn’t have an X-ray machine and made the decision quickly because of how many animals it rescues.

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Schmidt says she retrieved the cat within 48 hours. She says the amputation was hasty and unnecessary.

A petition has been started to “take away vets license for malpractice.”

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