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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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Rose

Thank u so much for caring for little Kylie. I love her, just looking at her. She will be the best pet, the rescues always are.

Tom

It scares me to know that there are people out there that would do such things to another living being. At least there are people that would help this beautiful cat get back to the point where she can live a full life with people that love her. Thanks once again to the person that found Kylie, and all the people at the ASPCA that helped to get her the needed surgeries.

karrie l leffler

that is so sad whoever did that should be in front of a firing squad and i would be the first to fire. bless your heart for taking care of tis beautiful animal

Leah

Thank God for those who helped Kylie! My heart aches for her & I cannot imagine why someone would hurt her! It makes me furious! This person will suffer. I am so glad Kylie has a good & loving home!

Jeanie

This story is so sad, brought tears!!! Thank you Rena and all the doctors and staff at the hospital for taking Kylie in and helping her! The comments everyone made I agree with and my prayer is for Kylie to get well and be the happy kitty she was put-on this earth you be! God Bless all of you and you will be rewarded a hundred fold! Also, whoever hurt Kylie may not get punished in this life but he certainly will in the next!!!!

Mindy

Thank you for all your wonderful work for save this wonderful animals. You are true angels. I hope these people we caught and punished.

Bonnie

God Bless the angels who work at the ASPCA. I was a faithful donator until I lost my best friend a BT named Bojangles. I do not and I never will understand the insanity of cruel people. This kitten was a defenseless animal and who ever did this will live with this the rest of their days on earth. He or she will get their justice in the end.
Much appreciation!

Sheila

Many blessings to Rena for being such a beloved guardian angel to Kylie. Kylie has
been blessed by being a fighter and is now receiving well deserved love.

Priscilla Zytkowicz

Thank you both for your wonderful work. Who in God's name would do something like this? May they burn in Hell! God Bless her and keep her! Much love and best wishes!

Bobbie

I can't THANK the ASPCA and Rena for helping Kylie recover from this horrific abuse. I just don't understand how someone could ever hurt any animal.... well I hope karma comes around for that disgusting person or persons who would do such a thing to an innocent animal and may Kylie have a long life filled with lots of love and happiness as you so deserve. Again, a HUGE thank you!!

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