It's a story with a happy ending—thanks to the intervention of a true Homer's Hero!
On May 3rd, a sanitation worker in Hillsboro, Oregon discovered a shocking sight: a kitten stuck inside a garbage can covered in spray foam.
In a report from the Washington County Sheriff's office, the worker knew that something was very, very wrong immediately upon seeing the captive black feline hanging upside down from its back legs and whining to be freed.
To save its life, the worker rushed the kitten back to the Hillsboro Garbage Disposal office and, together with the help of co-workers, freed the kitten from the foam and checked its vital signs.
"A whole team of his coworkers came together and rescued the cat. They cut it out, using razor blades to cut some of the foam off the kitten's face and bring it to the vet," said Brian van Kleef, deputy for the Washington County Sheriff's Office. Thankfully, the kitten miraculously appeared to be just fine after being liberated from the spray foam, upon which he was he was then transported to the Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic.
"He looked like something out of a Halloween horror show. 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," Dr. Diane Healey, chief veterinarian for the clinic, told FOX12 Oregon.
PETA has announced a $5,000 reward to help bring forth the "person" who performed this heinous act on a tiny, defenseless kitten. "Thanks to the kindness and quick action of these workers. A vulnerable kitten was spared a painful, terrifying, lonely death," says PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien. "PETA is urging anyone with information about whoever abused this animal and threw him out like trash to speak up. Before anyone else gets hurt."
Most importantly, this brave little kitten is expected to make a full recovery. For now, the little survivor resides at Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter.
It's been reported that the kitten is likely the offspring of two feral cats who live near where the garbage bin is placed.
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