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Manchester cat that survived car engine ride receives over 100 stitches

Tommy, a cat that survived a car ride on top of an engine, recovers from third-degree burns.
Tommy, a cat that survived a car ride on top of an engine, recovers from third-degree burns.
Manchester Animal Shelter

An orange tabby cat that survived a three mile car ride on top of the engine in Manchester, NH, is recovering at the Manchester Animal Shelter. Tommy, as he has been named, suffered from third-degree burns as a result of his agonizing car ride, according to the Manchester Animal Shelter.

Tommy had surgery Thursday evening to remove the burnt skin. The procedure took 90 minutes and resulted in over 100 stitches.

“Tommy is in rough condition,” read a Facebook post by the Manchester Animal Shelter. “He is expected to stay at the hospital for a few weeks while he recovers.”

The lucky cat was discovered by Edward Gawrys, Jr's wife the morning of May 17, 2014, who heard the cat screaming when she pulled into a Wal-Mart parking lot, three miles from her house. It took three firefighters 20 minutes to dislodge the cat from the engine.

Tommy's owner is still unknown but it is clear he once had one – his is neutered and declawed. Tommy is roughly three to four years old.

Surgery cost approximately $4,000 and donations are appreciated.

“Every donation large or small is appreciated! We wouldn't be able to save Tommy or other animals without your support,” stated the Manchester Animal Shelter on Facebook.

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