“He looked like something out of a Halloween horror show,” said Dr. Diane Healey with the Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic.
Hours earlier, a garbage disposal worker in Hillsboro, Ore., was attempting to empty a trash can with his truck’s hydraulic arm when he noticed its contents weren’t coming out. Nearing the can, he heard the faint cries of a struggling animal.
Inside, a small cat, covered in hardened spray foam, hung by its back legs.
According to KPTV, the driver did not remove the cat, but took the entire can back to the Hillsboro Garbage Disposal facility, where his coworkers helped rescue the kitten, only 8 weeks old, by chipping away bits of the sealant.
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“A whole team of his coworkers came together and rescued the cat, and cut it out, they used razor blades to cut some of the foam off the kitten’s face…and bring it to the vet,” Brian van Kleef, a deputy with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, told the station.
At the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, Healey is making sure the kitten gets proper medical attention.
“It obviously hadn’t been there too terribly long, or he would have suffocated…the head was covered, the face was covered, the legs were stiff, he couldn’t move them,” she said.
The kitten is expected to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, investigators believe the crime was carried out by someone from one of the homes near where the trash can was found. As KPTV reports, there are feral cats living near those homes, two which have recently given birth to litters of kittens.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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