Anne and Jenn, nixed that idea and instead called us to see if Dr. Thompson could help. Within two hours the kitty now named "Penny" for the street he was found on, was in at Nine Lives for treatment. He had not been hit by a car. Our best guess based on his wounds and the signs of old wounds was that Penny had been tortured. We suspect he'd been starved and had scalding liquid of some kind poured on him while he was tied to something with his leash.
Below are some photos taken within minutes of his arrival. Clearly these injuries had happened several days before he was found as the wounds are beginning to heal. I've reduced the size of the images to minimize the gore. Needless to say, it was a horrific sight to see. Dr. Thompson spent nearly an hour debriding his wounds and cleaning Penny up.
Tragic news for Penny.
Penny was doing very well until Wednesday of last week when he developed unusual facial swelling similar to anaphylactic shock. He stopped eating and took a turn for the worse. Dr. T treated and monitored him and took him home each night but at 3am on Friday morning he went into cardiac arrest and was not able to be resuscitated. It's possible, although the necropsy was inconclusive, that he went into septic shock from the burns. We'll never know for sure what happened. We're focusing instead on the fact that he was warm, had food and love and wasn't afraid when he left us.
Rest in Peace sweet boy.
Written by: LH