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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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Sandy Athens

I once help my little ferret who was getting bald on her tiny head by opening a vitamin E capsule and putting the liquid directly on the skin. In three months, she grew back her hair and it was healthy and shiny! Please try this on your sweet Kylie.

Pravin

I hate those people who torture such an innocent kid. God will never forgive them. ASPCA I am so thankful to you for such a noble cause. Rena God is always with you. I will pray for you that He should give you more strength. Thank you so so so much for helping the kid. God bless you always!!!!

Jeanne

and who-where is the sick bas**rd who did this heinous act? she was blessed to come into your care. her eyes are so filled with love and hope....poor little boo boo.

Jayne

What a sad story. As I read it I couldn't stop the tears. Thank you ASPCA all for what you do for these animal. Such small little treasures. I only pray that one day these terrible people that can do this to a helpless creater will meet their fate in front of God.

betty belvin lane

My husband and I are cat lovers we have several of our own. When I saw this it hurt to see what happened or what someone did either way. I am glad there r still people out there that when they see an animal this way tries to at least get medical help for them whether they live or not in a case like this where she could of died cause of severity of burns. God bless she lived and will recover slowly but will still recover none the less. I am glad u and the rest of the ASPCA staff was there for her. I used to be member of HSUS when both me and my husband had money coming in. I wish I could help again after seeing this but can't at moment. GOD BLESS U ALL

Martha

This is the kind of story that keeps me awake at night...turns my stomach and wrenches my heart. Makes me sad that the human race can be so horrible, but it encourages me that there are still caring, compassionate people out there. God bless everyone who cares about animals and does anything in their power to help them! Gives me (and my 2 kitties) hope for humanity!

Frannie

Poor baby, thank GOD that the dogs sniffed her out and she was rescued. Thanks to the rescuer and the vet and all the people that loved her each and every day. Good Luck for the future. I'm a cat lover and own 6, each one different and full of fun. Shes a beautiful cat, looks like long hair, Mane Coon???. Shes beautiful

Delores B.

This article made me cry. What a lovely little cat! God bless the gentleman & his two dogs for finding Kylie - and God bless you, Rena, for taking in this angel-kitty and giving her the love and home that she so richly deserves. How anyone can be so cruel, I just don't understand. My kitty was a stray - he's terrified of wind/rain/T-storms. I hate to think of how he suffered, when out in the wilds alone. He's my angel-kitty, as he showed up two wks before my 18 yr old kitty was diagnosed w/ cancer. Max was a stray, adopted from the shelter. Another precious angel-kitty! Aren't they all?!

Leslie

Thank you to all who have cared for this kitty. Such cruelty sickens me and makes me sad and mad. I believe that Karma will find those who do these terrible things, and Karma will bless those who do good.

Greta

Kylie - you are so beautiful! Thank you ASPCA, Rena, and the gentleman who first found this sweet angel and rescued her. God Bless you all!! May Kylie live a long, happy and healthy life in her forever home - she so deserves it!!

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