A $6,000 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who doused a cat with gasoline and threw her in a garbage bag in Reading, Pennsylvania earlier this week. Had the sanitation workers not heard the cat’s desperate meows, she would have been crushed in the back of the garbage truck. The cat was discovered on Tuesday near the 500 block of North Front Street.
According to WfmzNews, Dr. Kimya Davani, with the Berks County Humane Hospital where the cat was taken for immediate emergency care, stated the cat was also tied up.
“I’m not sure if she initially went through the garbage truck, but she was tied up in a trash bag doused in gasoline,” stated Dr. Davani. “She was in shock, very dehydrated, underweight and her temperature was extremely low-life threatening.”
Rescuers have now named the cat ‘Miracle Maisy’, who is estimated to be no more than one-year-old. How she lived for at least six hours breathing in the fumes of gasoline is unknown, and how many of her nine lives she had to use to survive is also unknown. The cat’s medical staff, who spent nearly the entire day treating her, have been very concerned how the gasoline which soaked into her fur would affect her lungs and neurological functions, but so far Miracle Maisy is doing fine. Most of her fur had to be shaved away because the gasoline was so embedded that her fur couldn’t dry and her body temperature continued to fall to dangerously low levels.
Maisy will remain at Humane Pennsylvania’s hospital in Reading. Officials said they expect her to make a full recovery where she will be made available for adoption.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Alerts Berks at 877.373.9913 or the Reading Police Department at 610.655.6116.
If only all rescue stories could end “happily ever after.” Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Many thanks to the sanitation workers who saved the life of a helpless kitten.
(Photos of cat doused with gasoline screenshots via Wfmz News and Berks County Humane Society)
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