August 01, 2016 09:49 PM
In the last two months, three kittens and one adult cat have been found on the Blatnik Bridge. The injuries for two of the felines have resulted in the amputation of their front leg.
The first kitten was found on the bridge June 9 with a severe injury her right front paw. The animal's shoulder had been pulled out of its socket, causing permanent nerve damage.
A little more than a month later on July 12, a black young adult male cat was also found on the bridge. According to the Humane Society of Douglas County, the cat had road rash and was knocked a little goofy, but he's doing well now.
Two more kittens had to be rescued from the bridge since then, both with similar injuries to their legs.
Sheila Keup, shelter director for the Humane Society of Douglas County, believes there is only one way the cats could've ended up on the bridge with the same injuries. Keup said, "Someone is flinging them by their leg, because it's almost ripping everything out."
Fortunately, all of the cats are recovering nicely, but one of the kittens is yet to have surgery to remove a limb. Dr. Robert McClellan, veterinarian with the Superior Animal Hospital, is optimistic, yet cautious, of the kitten's diagnosis.
McClellan said, "It should do well. We're just making sure that cat is doing well before surgery. We want to make sure it is stable, because it is a little bit longer of a procedure. Whenever we are doing surgery on pediatric patients, maintaining body temperature through anesthesia and surgery is really important."
The Superior Police Department is investigating the incidents, and those involved could be facing felony animal cruelty charges.
An anonymous donor has posted a $1,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.
Keup said, "We want the public to know, to keep their eyes open, and if you see something strange, if you can safely get a plate number, a car make or model, how many people in the car...that type of thing. But, of course don't chase anybody at high speeds."
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Superior Police Department, 715-395-7234 or 911, the Humane Society of Douglas County, 715-398-6784 or message them on Facebook.
Updated: August 01, 2016 09:49 PM
Created: August 01, 2016 09:28 PM
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