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Kitten Possibly Tortured in Columbia - John Dunn

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A kitten in Columbia is recovering after being thrown out of a car and possibly tortured. Now, there is concern that more animals could be in danger.   

The six week old kitten is recovering from surgery. Its tail was amputated, and some say its survival is a miracle. "I think it was obvious this person did this. They threw the cat and they kept going," says Nicole Walker with Eva's Eden.

Last week someone was driving down Highway 31 in Columbia and threw the kitten out of a moving vehicle. He was found with gravel stuck in his face, and his tail was horribly injured. "About a two inch piece of tail with no skin, no fur, looked like it had been skinned, and then the last inch of his tail was completely dead. It was just dead tissue hanging on his tail," says Walker.

After a brief stop at Mary County Animal Control, the kitten ended up with a cat rescue group called Eva's Eden. Doctor Louis Lembo amputated the tail. He says it is clear the kitten was injured or tortured days before it was tossed from the vehicle. "The throwing of the cat from the car is horrific enough, but somebody knew this cat was injured and didn't do anything," says Dr. Lembo with the Veterinary Wellness Clinic of Columbia.

There is a concern this kitten may have siblings, and they're staying with someone who may be hurting them. "There are so many animal cruelty cases in the news these days, that we do really want to make sure that everything is okay," says Walker.

It's still unknown who threw the cat onto Highway 31, and there are few leads.

The kitten is doing much better. He should make a full recovery. "He feels safe and he hasn't felt that necessarily before, so we're really hopeful that he's going to live a good life with someone that really loves him," says Walker.

 "Eva's Eden" is hoping the community will help come up with a name for the kitten. If you'd like to help with the kitten's care, or if you're interested in adoption, go to Eva's Eden's website for more information.

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