Meet "Fannie", the miracle cat; (and her new family)
I met Fannie in mid-June when I received an emergency call from our local SPCA. Seems a local man started his car and immediately began hearing a loud MEOWING coming from a under the hood of his car. He turned off the engine and upon looking under the hood, found a screaming little 4 week old kitten with her arm wedged under the alternator belt and jammed between the pulley system. The upset animal lover, proceeded to cut the alternator belt but still was unable to dislodge the kitty.
With the pulley system not turning, he drove the car a block to the local EMT station and called the SPCA. But with the poor kitten yelling in pain and fear, they still could not dislodge the trapped arm. Josie, from the animal shelter, gave me a call and estimated the weight of the kitten to be about 1 pound. Pulling up my favorite kitty anesthesia cocktail I soon joined the rescue team. I slipped under the car and was able to reach the kitten's rear end and inject the anesthesia as I said a quick prayer hoping the dose was appropriate. Within minutes, there was silence. As i looked into the engine, I could not believe how the arm was wedged into the pulley system jammed up to the shoulder. I thought for sure, even if we saved the kitten, it would surely have to lose it's arm. Well, after 20 minutes of manipulating - me from above and Josie from below, whala! - we were able to dislodge this little girl. I took her back to the hospital and had to close a deep wound in her arm pit caused by the pulley belt. We kept her for a week or so and she never looked back. Here, her new owners are so happy that she joined their family. What a great way to begin a summer!!!
Assistant Autumn Price holds a wonderful African Goose named Chesney. Owner, Zach Oesting, couldn't be happier with his pet's complete recovery from a near death experience from a fatal neurological disease. So cool! (-: