Black Pine Animal Sanctuary says goodbye to beloved cougar

ALBION, Ind. (WANE) Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (BPAS) is mourning the loss of a cougar that died early Friday morning. “Rest in peace, sweetgirl. We will miss you – and never forget you,” wrote BPAS on its Facebook in the afternoon.

The cougar, Meria, joined BPAS in 2011 after being rescued from a sanctuary. The animal sanctuary said on its Facebook page Meria was allegedly a house pet when she was young. She lived in a small concrete cage for several years.

Also on Facebook, the animal sanctuary said Meria was never able to recover from Arthritis after she was declawed on all four feet.

During her three years at BPAS, Merida was able to make improvements in her mobility. However, in the past year she required constant pain management.

BAPS thanked all of Meria’s caregivers for never giving up on her.

The animal sanctuary, located in Albion, opened in 1995.

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