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Kittens rescued from creek in West Virginia

These kittens are among the "Lucky Five" saved from a West Virginia creek.
These kittens are among the "Lucky Five" saved from a West Virginia creek.
Itty Bitty Kitty Committee

Five small kittens and an adult cat are on the mend after being the victims of two separate cruelty situations in West Virginia, according to a local animal welfare group.

On July 15 in Clendenin, a small town about a half-hour northeast of Charleston, a man dumped a bag into a creek, and two teenage boys who pulled the bag from the water discovered five tiny kittens inside, according to the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. The so-called Lucky Five kittens, who were under two weeks old, were turned over to the committee, which placed them in a foster home.

The kittens initially struggled to have bowel movements and had to undergo “kitten enemas” by an emergency veterinarian, but they are all doing well now and “are growing stronger every single day,” the group said. “They are starting to play and explore their surroundings, and they love to eat.”

Watch a local TV news report about the kittens here.

Meanwhile, an orange tabby adult is receiving extensive medical attention after he was found with a headband-type object tied tightly around his neck. The committee took in the cat after a Charleston woman reported that the wounded feline had wandered into her home through a pet door on July 21.

“The object had been on his neck for such a long time that it was almost embedded and had taken off most of the flesh around his neck,” the committee said.

The cat, now known as “Maximus,” has received antibiotics, fluids and pain medicine in addition to having his wounds cleaned and bandaged. The group said “his prognosis looks good, but he has a very long road of recovery ahead of him.”

Watch a TV report about Maximus here.

It is unclear whether law enforcement is investigating the two incidents. Attempts to reach officials for comment were not immediately successful.