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Hannibal Sloat was the owner of Van Ness Pet Hospital, a repair shop secretly for artificial animal repair.


Sloat was too old to emigrate from Earth and his health was greatly affected by the dust, causing mobility issues and for his features to age.[1]

On January 3, 1992/2021, John Isidore brought a cat to Sloat's office. Sloat advised he take it to Milt Borogrove, but examined it himself. While he examined the cat, Isidore told Sloat he believed Buster Friendly and Wilbur Mercer to be at war for peoples' minds and that Mercer would win because he was eternal. However, Sloat reasoned that Friendly, too, was eternal. Completing his examination of the cat, Sloat concluded that it was not electric, but a real cat and that it was dead.[1]

Dismayed at the loss of another real animal, he was initially exasperated at Isidore's failure to determine it to be real. Borogrove came into the office and sympathized with Isidore, due to the complexity of many electric animals. Despite this, Sloat ordered Isidore to call the cat's owner to inform them of the animal's death. During the call, Mrs. Pilsen decided to have an electric replica of the cat to be made, after which Sloat told Isidore to call Wheelright & Carpenter to have it made.[1]

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Sloat originally appears in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? In the film adaptation, the character Hannibal Chew is loosely based upon him. A deceased Hannibal Sloat is mentioned in Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human, again loosely based upon the character from the original novel.