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Kitten thrown from speeding vehicle making 'miraculous' recovery

Kitten thrown from speeding vehicle continues 'miraculous' recovery
Kitten thrown from speeding vehicle continues 'miraculous' recovery
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On Tuesday, Aug. 19, KREM 2 News reported that a kitten who was thrown from a speeding vehicle in Spokane Valley, Washington, is beginning to recover from his injuries. The vehicle was speeding along Trent Ave. last Thursday when witnesses saw someone throw the one-pound kitten out of a window.

Fortunately for the kitten, now named Leo, a good Samaritan brought him to Pet Savers. Leo had sustained serious injuries, including a broken leg and severe eye trauma, but he's making a "miraculous comeback," according to Dr. Tami Boettcher at Pet Savers. Leo has been receiving wonderful care since his frightening ordeal last week and Dr. Boettcher stated that she was “amazed” with the five-week-old kitten's recovery.

“He was still in shock a little bit. But now, he's doing marvelous. He eats really well. He's purring," she stated. Leo's eye is beginning to heal and while Leo is currently wearing a splint on his leg, his veterinarian still might not be able to save it.

“We're not for sure yet that we're going to be able to save the limb, but we're giving him a good shot," stated Boettcher. Little Leo will just need time to recuperate now. The injured kitten has already found a home, as well: the woman who saved him has also offered to make him part of her family.

The identity of this kitten’s abuser remains unknown. Witnesses stated that they were preoccupied with rescuing the kitten and did not get a good description of the suspect. If you think you know who injured this animal, please contact the authorities.

Washington state has strong animal cruelty laws to protect animals from abuse and neglect. Animal cruelty in the first degree (RCW 16.52.205) is defined as:

(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally:
(a) inflicts substantial pain on,
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.

(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
(b) death.