A Good Samaritan in Florida caring for a mother cat and three kittens who were abandoned by the previous homeowner made a heartbreaking discovery Friday morning. The kittens showed up with chemical burns, MY News13 reported August 7.
When Ashley Cleveland moved into her new residence on Pinecrest Street in Titusville, she learned neighbors had been caring for the kittens since the previous owner had abandoned them the month before. Ashley graciously made the decision to continue caring for the family. According to My Fox Boston, Ashley turned to SPCA of Brevard Adoption Center for help after the kittens showed up at their usual breakfast time Friday morning with their skin red and burned. SPCA Veterinarian Heather Les described the danger the kittens were in due to their injuries.
“The kittens presented with severe chemical burns, consistent with a substance such as acid, on large portions of their bodies. With this kind of trauma, there is a high risk for infection and other complications, so they aren’t out of the woods yet. We’ve started them on IV antibiotics, pain meds, and cleaned and scraped the damaged skin off.”
Susan Naylor with the SPCA Brevard confirmed the critical nature of the burns
“We’ve seen all different types of injuriesbut I’ve really never seen a chemical burn somebody like this. This is pretty bad.”
Susan stated the kittens didn’t have any acid on their paws, and most likely someone dumped the chemical on them. Although highly unlikely, Susan admitted the kittens could possibly have gotten into something they shouldn’t have and dumped the chemical on themselves. The mother cat was uninjured. Titusville Police are investigating the case as animal cruelty and are asking anyone with information to call them at 321-264-7800.
The kittens, two boys, and a girl were named Remo, Matilda and Harding, names that mean strong, resilient and brave. The SPCA says the kittens are in good spirits and trying to play, despite the pain they must be in.