Whoever first said that cats have nine lives really knew what they were talking about. Four kittens recently survived some wrenching, horrific ordeals that show how resilient they are and underscore the need to protect animals via animal cruelty laws.
1. 8-Week-Old Kitten Placed in Microwave Oven
Two 15-year-old girls, both students at South Portland High School in Maine, have been issued summonses for placing a young kitten in a microwave oven and turning it on. Last week on Twitter, a 10-second video surfaced that showed one girl placing the kitten in the microwave and turning it on. The other girl took the kitten out after an undetermined amount of time.
South Portland police responded after receiving numerous tips. The two girls now face charges of animal cruelty and are to appear in court in November.
The kitten survived and has been placed in an animal shelter, the Animal Refuge League, and given the highly appropriate name of “Miracle.” Lynne McGee of the shelter says that “she’s eating normally and seems to be in fine shape.”
2. Kitten Found Sealed Inside Paint Can
A kitten no more than six months old was found sealed inside a paint can in a dumpster behind a Family Dollar store in Phenix City, Arizona, back in August. Mary Musselwhite had gone to empty some trash when she heard the kitten crying. As she tells WAFB:
“So I looked down and I said, please God, don’t let it be in this bucket. And there it was. I popped the top on the bucket and its little painted face just meowed at me. It had so much paint on it, your heart just couldn’t help but fall. Its little eyes were just covered over with paint. It was just horrific to see that little thing in a paint bucket.”
Family Dollar employees quickly washed off the kitten, who also had fleas and showed other signs of neglect. Authorities are trying to track down where the paint bucket might have originated from, to find the culprit.
Cashier Montana Salmen has adopted the kitten. It’s certainly miraculous that he survived in a sealed can full of paint without oxygen and in the summer heat in Arizona. Salmen has named the kitten Ginger and said that he is on the road to recovery: “He was skittish for about an hour, he was just shaken, and then once he got comfortable and realized I wasn’t going to put him in a paint can, he kind of livened up a little bit.”
3. Kitten Wedged Under Car for 38 Miles
On hearing what he thought was a frog under his car after he returned from his job with the Daytona Beach housing authority on August 27, Robert Avery and his son jacked up the vehicle and found, to their surprise, a kitten, wedged in just above the tire between the suspension and the frame.
Avery lives in Palm Coast and had driven the 38 miles home at 65 mph, altogether unaware that the kitten had crept under his car.
The kitten was covered with oil after what must have been quite a ride. Once the kitten was cleaned up, Avery and his family found themselves “in love” with the stowaway. They’ve adopted him and named him Butch.
4. Kitten Travels 152 Miles in Car Engine
Kittens have been known to climb into car engines when scared, Heather Oliver, manager of Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Conlig tells the Belfast Telegraph. She was referring not to Butch but to another kitten that also survived a long a car journey without being inside the car.
On Monday, Andrew Bell heard a purring sound from his car after driving four hours from Galway back to Belfast. Under the hood of his car, he found a kitten curled up beside the battery, soundly asleep.
Bell had seen the kitten when he was in Galway where his girlfriend lives. Her cat had recently had a litter and the kitten had been seen mixing with those kittens. While his girlfriend makes inquiries with her neighbors about whether the kitten might be theirs, the kitten is staying with a neighbor of Bell’s who also has cats.
The kitten has been dubbed Lucky which would certainly be a fitting name for Miracle, Ginger and Butch, as well.
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