UT students and local volunteers rescue kitten with a severely injured leg

Published: Oct. 26, 2018 at 5:23 PM EDT
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A local rescue group is dealing with several severe cases of neglect and abandonment right now. Planned Pethood is a volunteer organization that takes in hundreds of animals every year.

It's hard to imagine what this tiny kitten has gone through in his short life. He was found with a leg that had been broken in several places, "Literally his leg was in a zigzag shape, and he was dragging it. It had to be continual pain and horrendous pain."

He was first spotted by some local college students. A lot of people jumped in to help rescue the kitten He's since been named Dave.

Lynn Henderman is the Cat Coordinator for Planned Pethood, "Dave was found living outside. We don't know if he was dumped there. We don't know any of his circumstances, but he was living outside of home that UT sorority members live in. The girls are in the Kappa Delta sorority, and they jumped into action to help expedite the situation. We are so lucky they all took action. I am also thankful for all the other people who helped. I can't tell you how many people came out to help. Not just Planned Pethood volunteers, but the local community in general. We are lucky to have such great people in this area who are always willing to help."

As soon as volunteers were able to catch him, Dave was rushed to St. Francis Veterinary Hospital. Annie Temple is a Licensed Veterinary Technician at the hospital, "In addition to the broken leg, he had some nerve damage. Some points he could feel things, other places he couldn't."

Lynn says the vet staff told her Dave's leg needed to be amputated, "His leg was useless, and no bones could be repaired."

In just a matter of days, Annie says Dave has made a lot of progress, "He's going to live a long, healthy and happy life now that his surgery is done. It means the world to all of us here to be able to save animals like Dave and see them go on to live happy lives.."

Unfortunately, Dave is not the only serious medical case Planned Pethood is now handling. The volunteer rescue group also took in a litter of seven kittens earlier this week, Lynn says they were found in a plastic container in an abandoned garage in Toledo, "No one can say how long they were out there. With the weather getting colder, we just couldn't leave them."

Lynn says the kittens were close to death, but thanks to the vets and staff at West Toledo Animal Hospital their long-term prognosis is now good.

Lynn says it's important to remember that if you see an animal in need, help is available, "Call people. There are a lot of rescue groups and shelters working hard to help in this community. Reach out to Planned Pethood, and if we can't get them into our program, we will try to connect you to someone who can. One of the most important things when is to have your animal fixed. We can help you with that too. when it comes to stray and feral animals we can help you get that done as well."

Helping all the animals obviously takes a lot of time and money.

Planned Pethood can always use donations of cash, supplies and food as well as foster homes. If you'd like to help out, we've posted a link

Dave is being cared for in a foster home right now. Once he is fully recovered, one of the UT students who found him plans to adopt him.