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Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 3:30pm
Slideshow: Cat Survives Severe Chemical Burns

When ASPCA staffer Rena Lafaille saw a veterinarian cradling a tiny animal in her arms, she wondered, “Is that a turkey? What’s a turkey doing at the ASPCA Adoption Center?”

Then she realized: The tiny animal was in fact a cat—one who had suffered severe chemical burns on her back, scalp and other parts of her body. Kylie’s ears were singed off, and she couldn’t walk or close her red and cloudy eyes.

“My heart was completely broken,” remembers Rena, ASPCA Adoption Center Department Coordinator. “Ever since that moment, I’d go visit her when I was done with my office work, for 30 minutes to an hour.”

Late last year, Kylie was found hiding behind some bushes, quietly suffering, when two dogs sniffed her out while out on a walk. The dogs’ pet parent took the first step toward saving Kylie’s life: He brought her to ASPCA Animal Hospital. But Kylie’s struggle was far from over, and our veterinary staff didn’t know if she’d pull through.

“It was really touch-and-go with Kylie because she’d lost so much skin,” recalls ASPCA veterinarian Dr. Patricia Wagner, who treated Kylie. “We didn’t know if she’d be able to blink, or walk, ever again.”

Kylie needed several surgeries, specialist care and extensive treatment for her injuries. She spent months at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where everyone fell in love with Kylie and her sweet, patient personality. “Everyone knew who Kylie was,” says Dr. Wagner. “There were so many people here pulling for her. We didn’t want to fail.”

Then one day it was clear to our veterinarians that Kylie’s recovery had turned a corner—she was out of the woods. In fact, Kylie was ready to continue her recovery in a foster home. Rena’s was an obvious choice. Rena began fostering Kylie in February, eagerly taking on the medical regime her new foster kitty required: pain medicine, fish oil and eye drops, all twice a day on a rigid schedule. To protect Kylie’s burns and promote healing, Rena purchased her a T-shirt. When the shirt didn’t quite fit, Kylie had it tailored.

Today, Kylie is an integral part of Rena’s family and fast friends with Lafaille cats Gizmo and Cleopatra, a Beagle called Maya, and Baby Jin, a four-and-a-half-pound Chihuahua who is her playmate and constant companion. Rena continues to work with Dr. Wagner on Kylie’s treatment, and they’re hopeful she won’t need medication one day.

“Kylie will never, ever give up no matter what,” Rena says. “It was her spirit that got her through this. She’s really an incredible cat.”

We can’t think of a better example of the animals our members’ support touches. If you haven’t lately, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today. You’ll assist animals like Kylie—those already fortunate enough to be in our care, and those still waiting for our help.

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Domidak

The person who found the kitty while walking her dogs deserves huge thanks. Some would have not bothered to look, or not bothered to bring Kylie to the hospital.

Gloria

Oh what a wonderful story of survival and the wonderful people that made it happen. Kylie just melts my heart. Who could have done such a horrible thing. Thank you to all who rallied around this sweet kitty cat. You are all heroes to me.

CurlyTopsMom

I have a very soft heart for animals and always well up when I read heartwarming stories (those with fairly happy endings), but this one had me bawling my eyes out especially after seeing how beautiful this dear little Kylie still is despite the agonizing disfiguration. How a human being could do that to an innocent living creature is simply incomprehensible. But, justice will be served and the wicked, evil, and heartless 2-legged being will get his/hers eventually. We ALL will have to give account for our deeds some day and hopefully retribution/punishment will start on Earth for "It" (the 2-legged being)! So thankful that she now has a loving caregiver and happy home! Thanks and Kudos to her rescuer, and all the professionals who nursed her back to health! Your Organization is always included in my substantial annual donations for worthwhile animal causes!

MARY

i cry for that innocent beautiful cat , that another so called human being could do that on purpose to one of God's creatures

Angela

I hope there is a special corner of Hell for animal abusers, if not I would be glad to design it! Bless all the wonderful people who helped and prayed for Kylie, she and they are permanently in my prayers.

Kalee

It always amazes me that these animals have such a huge capacity for love, even after they have been abused by human hands. I was working for a vet when they brought in a pit bull puppy with a broken leg, several bite marks, and bones weakened by being denied sunlight. Even after being so mistreated, we rushed to her, and as I stroked her head she responded with a kiss. Stories like her and Kylie's break my heart.

I pity people who have never felt the love and trust of an animal. As a "mom" of several fur-babies, I can not imagine a life without them. Further I realize how truly lucky I am to have been part of their lives.

Thank you ASPCA for all the work you do. Thank you Rena for seeing the potential in this "turkey" and giving her the love she so deserves. I only wish I had more to give.

Jon

It angers me to now end some monster could hurt such a nice little cat. I have 3 cats and love them as family. I have personally save several homeless cats and dogs. The SPCA's in NYS are some of the best. You are doing GODS work and I am not a religous man. It sickens me that people get kicks out of hurting little kids or animals. But then you hear stories of this cat and how it was saved. Nice to know there are others out there that feel the way I do about all life. Nice work!!!

Clara

I will never understand cruelty. How can anyone with a heart and conscious do such horror to defenseless animals and/or children! Thanks to all who helped save Kylie's life and thanks to the family that has adopted her. Kylie deserves all the love and affection that this wonderful family can give her. So delighted that my monthly donation to ASPCA helps with their mission.

Clara

I will never understand cruelty. How can anyone with a heart and conscious do such horror to defenseless animals and/or children! Thanks to all who helped save Kylie's life and thanks to the family that has adopted her. Kylie deserves all the love and affection that this wonderful family can give her. So delighted that my monthly donation to ASPCA helps with their mission.

Clara

I will never understand cruelty. How can anyone with a heart and conscious do such horror to defenseless animals and/or children! Thanks to all who helped save Kylie's life and thanks to the family that has adopted her. Kylie deserves all the love and affection that this wonderful family can give her. So delighted that my monthly donation to ASPCA helps with their mission.

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