WOONSOCKET â€“ The Woonsocket Cat Sanctuary is seeking donations to rehabilitate a cat that was found trapped in a dumpster on Welles Street about two weeks ago.
Deb Adam, the director of the nonprofit feline rescue agency, said she believes the cat had been neglected for some time before it was deliberately placed in the trash bin and left for dead. The animal was found by some neighbors who heard a banging noise coming from inside the dumpster, looked in and discovered the cat.
The banging noise is believed to have been caused by the cat banging its face against the lid of the dumpster in an attempt to free itself, said Adam. Emaciated and flea-infested, the tiny tabby broke at least one tooth in the struggle, but the sanctuaryâ€™s veterinarian says the animal needs to be healthier before she can handle the necessary surgery.
â€śShe had to have been in a home and somebody just disregarded her,â€ť said Adam. â€śWeâ€™re going to get some weight on her and get her ready for surgery.â€ť
The people who discovered the cat turned her over to the sanctuary last Wednesday after caring for her for a few days, Adam said. Before turning her over to the shelter, they named her Hope.
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