I truly hate this country's laws sometimesUnfortunately, even first world places have shitty animal cruelty laws. While with people, doctors have a duty of care to report anything suspicious or concerning, most vets don’t have that obligation. Which isn’t to say that they wouldn’t report it, but it’s not guaranteed it will be passed on to the authorities.
Oh definitely think they're bad people. If an animal is suffering and in IMMEDIATE life threatening danger, vets will make payment plans. Even they're not so cruel as to hold finances over the well being animals. Least they aren't where I live.I'm also uncertain as to the paypal shit; are they waiting for them to get money first or are they claiming to the vet that they can pay once the cat is treated? I agree with the vet sentiment, but even then the fact they're going to the vet first (depending on how long that takes) before getting the cops involved is really bad, doubly so as they're trying to force out abusive roommate so she can make a clean getaway. Here's hoping they don't fight with the vet on getting the cops involved once they start talking about what happened otherwise they're doubly screwed.
I don't think they're bad people necessarily since they seem to be trying to help the poor cat, just that they're going about it in a really stupid way.
I hate to say it but I'm calling it now. That cat isn't going to survive for as long as it's in these idiots' care.