Amazing recovery of a tough little kitten named Justin who has fought his way back from the brink of death after being doused in gasoline and set alight by cruel thugs
Justin the kitten had a rough start in life after getting horribly burned in Philadelphia when he was only 5 weeks old, but lately things have been looking up for the resilient little feline.
The black-and-white kitty was discovered in April with his ears and fur singed after he was deliberately doused with an accelerant and set alight.
The Animal Alliance of New Jersey took Justin in, and Crown Veterinary Specialists provided his medical care. As part of the treatment, medics had to amputate his injured ears and used a laser to help his burns heal.
New family: Justin the burned kitten is embraced by his new foster mom, Sara, at the Animal Alliance of New Jersey
Then and now: In April, then-5-week-old kitty (left) appeared terribly wounded and burned after being doused with an accelerant and set alight; now, Justin is looking healthy and plump (right)
Thanks to the consistent and attentive care, Justin quickly set off on a path to recovery. Not before long, the kitten was eating on his own and showing his playful side.
As his wounds healed, the pet’s black-and-white coat, previously interspersed with bald patches, started growing back.
In late May, the adorable little kitten, whose heart-breaking plight has gone viral, was released from the hospital into foster care, the site LifeWithCats.tv reported.
On Monday, Justin was photographed looking plump and healthy in the arms of his new foster mom, identified by the Animal Alliance of New Jersey as Sara.
Soft spot: After getting a rough start in life, Justin can appreciate the small comforts of a cozy blanket
No place like home: Justin roams freely around his foster home, settling in for a rest wherever he pleases
Earlier this month, a video appeared on YouTube showing the furry troublemaker exploring his foster home and playfully lunging at the camera.
On April 26, 2013, Justin was discovered by a Good Samaritan in the Kensington section of Philadelphia just after a flame was set to its doused body, according to police.
Damaris Alcala told Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV that the kitten, ‘was crying when I [picked] him up, but when I moved him in the back, he was screaming.’
After Alcala contacted authorities, a humane law enforcement official took the kitten to the SPCA’s Philadelphia location, where veterinarians provided pain medicine and treated the animal.
Champ: Vets say most of the cat’s ears will need to be removed and it will sustain some permanent baldness in some areas but he’s doing amazingly well and is seen even gently wanting to play
The kitten was then transferred to a nearby intensive care unit. The one-pound Justin sustained second- and third-degree burns to a third of his tiny body.
Veterinarians have been forced to remove most of the cat’s ears, and Justin will also have some permanent bald patches in areas most severely burned – stretching from the top of its head throughout its back.
On the road to recovery, the resilient critter had undergone treatment with antibiotics to fight infections, had his wounds constantly dressed to remove scar tissue and consumed appetite stimulants to gain weight.
The Humane Society has offered up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thugs responsible for the attack, but police have been unable to track down the culprits.
Help! With Justin’s medical bills expected to reach $5,000 to $6,000, Animal Alliance, an all-volunteer group, says they are seeking donations to help cover the costs
Officials from the SPCA are obtaining search warrants to view surveillance footage from a store nearby where the kitten was found
The SPCA is speculating that the horrible scene was likely a prank gone awry.
Spokesman George Bengal said regardless of the motives, ‘it’s pretty horrendous.’