It's what Chelsea Cappellano, the office coordinator at Humane Pennsylvania, called "the worst animal cruelty case I’ve ever seen or experienced."
In early April 2017, two sanitation workers brought a cat into The Humane Society of Berks County (HSBC) after they discovered her inside a trash bag in Reading, Pennsylvania. Had the workers not heard the cat meowing inside the bag, she would have been crushed to death in the garbage truck. According to a press release from the HSBC, the cat was not only placed in the trash bag, but also was covered in blankets and doused in gasoline.
The 1-year-old cat, who has since been named Miracle Maisy, was "alert but definitely in rough shape," as Cappellano put it. The HSBC quickly took Maisy to Humane Veterinary Hospitals in Reading for treatment for her injuries.
Dr. Kimya Davani, who took care of Maisy, stated that the process of getting her back to health was not an easy one. "The gas was so embedded in her fur that she wasn’t drying, and because of this her internal body temperature had dropped," Davani told the Reading Eagle. "We had to shave most of her body in order to get her temperature up again."
Maisy is also very underweight and suffering from skin sensitivity, Davani added. "Though there are no visible life threatening injuries, we are worried that the toxicity of the gasoline has affected her lungs and neurological functioning," she said. "At this time, we’re monitoring her for onset illness and ensuring that her chemical burns and bruises heal properly.”
In an update on its website, Humane Pennsylvania happily reported, "Maisy has gained back some of her energy and has been rather playful! She is eating well and her skin redness is improving. Some of her blood work came back slightly irregular, but our vet staff at Humane Veterinary Hospitals are working hard to get all of her vitals normal!"
As Maisy continues to heal, she will be put in foster care first and then eventually placed for adoption when she is ready to transition into a forever home. In the meantime, a donation page is set up to help pay for Maisy's growing medical costs.
At press time, an animal cruelty report was being filed with the local police enforcement. Humane Pennsylvania is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who is able to bring forth information about who committed this terrible act.
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