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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 L. 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, Rena 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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Donna Michel

Unfortunately Judges and lawyers can only do the maximum that the law will permit. We need to contact our our senators and congressmen to enact stronger and stronger laws covering animal abuse. the punishment should fit the crime, not be a slap on the hand or small fine.


Hello suz, your comments said it all and I thank you for adding to the voices of indignation and horror. One thing I would argue with, is that to call someone that abuses innocent animals "sick". To me it implies they cannot help what they're doing to these animals. These people are evil incarnate...pure and simple. The only way to curb these atrocities is if people like you and me vote for local, state and federal politicians of like mind to make and enforce laws that hold these "people" accountable.




It broke my heart as well. I cried my eyes out when I read the story of the deer. I hope they find the sadistic MF and put a bullet between his eyes!

Donna Michel

I agree totally.......there are way too many sick sadists out there who for some perverse reason get a sick joy out of killing or maiming animals......May the deer watch over your sister and be safe.


So sad and so true that we must all consider the unintended consequences of over sharing even a lovely story about wild life roamimg a cemetary and bring comfort to those whom have lost a loved one. It is a cruel, cruel world out there and for all that is good there is evil and we must stay vigilant not to feed it or let it take over us. I cry tears of pain in my soul & for mankind that we are capable of such callous acts. Bless the ASPCA for rescuing yet another intentionally injured animal.


I have tears in my eyes while writing these lines...I completly agree with Emma, I couldn't express more than she already said. All my support, sympathy and affection for the kitty and her family, from Buenos Aires - Argentina.


Emma certainly said it all, and said it very well. My heart goes out to this darling little kitty. It is unbelievable to me that people can treat animals so badly without any remorse. They are the scourge of the earth and should be treated in the same way they treat animals.

Sharon Reames

I just want to send out a great big bear hug to you, Rena, for being that very special baby's loving angel. I have 7 cats of my own (rescues), and I can't even begin to understand the pain you must have suffered right along with Kylie. I treasure all animals and can't fathom how people can be so cruel. They will have to answer one day -- and I hope they find no forgiveness.

patricia a bates

i also agree with you .i,ve never understood how some peopl can b so evil .thes babys cat,s in dogs makes us complete as a family i can,t evn remember a day where dogs in cats wasn,t a big part of my life. thy give me lots of love they or vry loyal mor the i can say for for a lot of human beings and they ar very smart and also can sav your life in many ways dogs in cats and they can do a lot of stuff that human beings do accept defend their selfs in when they do they do get put down.i want the law to get more involve in catching these people that do harm these animals like giveing thm a big fine to pay in get many month,s in really made me want to cry when i saw what happn to kayla thank yo so very much rena for bing there for that spcial baby in thank your dogs for helping you find her in thank you aspca for all that all do for thes babys w would be lost with out all and in my ys all are angles toa fw years back i gav all yar long ven know i didnt have enough mony to make ends meet but for seavrl months it,s been worse for us but i am still bless had hard tim paying all bills had no mony for food stress how i was going to be able to feed all my dogs in cats in so on if i ever gt able i will giv again to help all to save these babys. aspca i really need all help it is someone close who is posion in shooting our dogs in cats ive lost queit a few in it never leaves my heart it makes me really sad but this has wnt on for over 20 years in i can,t get the cops to catch this person who is doing this thy ignore me i,am beging all to giv us help with this matter please aspca team thank all very much in i share all of the storys in that all need hlp to save them on my facbook i gt the word out there love all aspca team