A kitten, appropriately named "Hope," is expected to survive after being tortured and set on fire, a Veterinarian announced this week.
Hope was found earlier this month near a dumpster in Inkster, Michigan by an 85-year-old woman. The kitten, covered in fleas, had been set on fire and suffered open flesh wounds along her back.
The woman took Hope to Tail Wagger's 1990, a local animal care organization, for help after she was unsuccessful at treating her.
"In my 25 years of doing animal rescue and helping animals in need, this is by far the most severe, sadistic, and sickening animal cruelty that I have ever seen," said Tail Wagger's founder Laura Zain, who then rushed the injured cat to Sheehy Animal Hospital for care.
"Whoever would get their thrills out of torturing a cat like this needs to be punished," added Zain.
Upon arrival at the animal hospital, veterinarian Sharon Sheehy confirmed Hope had been tortured and set on fire.
Despite the pain Hope was suffering, the cat began purring when Zain petted her. Zain said this was Hope's way of letting them know "she was a survivor" and it was decided at "that moment" she "deserved the chance to live."
After undergoing intensive surgery, "Hope emerged with a cleaned up wound, bandages and pain medication to keep her comfortable."
Best of all, the veterinarian announced "Hope is going to survive."
Tail Wagger's has now set up a donation page and says they are "pleading with the community" to make donations towards Hope's long-term medical care.
$9,146 dollars have been raised "for the love of Hope" at the time of publication.
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