Cats are known for having nine lives, but two sanitation workers were truly shocked when they discovered a cat that had been tied up in a trash bag and crushed in their garbage truck was still alive.
This past Tuesday, sanitation workers driving a Harold Adam Refuse Removal garbage truck heard what sounded like a crying animal from inside the truck. The men quickly got to work unloading the entire truck since whatever was in their truck was clearly still alive.
After some time they finally discovered the source of the crying. In a trash bag that had already been crushed by the truck, they found a small cat tied up inside and doused with gasoline. “I’m not sure if she initially actually went through the garbage truck, but she was tied up in a trash bag doused in gasoline,” said veterinarian Dr. Kimya Davani from the Berks County Humane Hospital. “She was in shock, very dehydrated, underweight and her temperature was extremely low–life threatening.”
The hero men brought the one-year-old cat that somehow survived being crushed and inhaling nothing but gasoline fumes for at least six hours to the Humane Society of Berks County. “This is the worst animal cruelty case I’ve ever seen or experienced,” said Chelsea Cappellano, Office Coordinator at the HSBC. “We are so thankful to these men and the trash company for bringing her in. Many people would turn a blind eye in this situation, but they were proactive in getting her the help she needs.”
“The technicians spent all day bathing and drying her,” Davani said. “The gas was so embedded in her fur that she wasn’t drying, and because of this her internal body temperature had dropped. We had to shave most of her body in order to get her temperature up again. She is also very underweight and suffering from skin sensitivity.” But the cat, who they named ‘Miracle Maisy’ has begun to recover thanks to their love and care. “You can start to see her normal personality coming out she’s very sweet she loved her head to be rubbed she likes chin rubs.”
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