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Cat pulled from the rubble of Knox Whitley Animal Shelter


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Last Friday a southern Kentucky animal shelter received a devastating blow when it burned to the ground.

Dozens of animals died in the fire at the Knox Whitley Shelter, but as WKYT's Amber Philpott tells us now there is a story of survival emerging involving a cat that managed to beat the odds.

When the fire broke out at the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter the scene was devastating, in the daylight it looked much worse.

There were nearly 60 animals inside, half were rescued, but still 29 cats and one dog died.

Nearly a week later an incredible find in the rubble.

Freckles, a one year old cat was found among the burned debris.

If Freckles could talk animal shelter workers say would have quite a story to tell.

"She is a very sweet cat after everything she has been through we are amazed she is alive," said Ashley Holder, the Development Coordinator for the Lexington Humane Society.

Holder says an insurance investigator found Freckles while inspecting the burned building and pulled her out.

"She has a little bit of an upper respiratory infection from all of the stress, the pads of her feet were severely burned and her whiskers were singed, they are all curled up," said Holder.

While Freckles is recovering she will need long term care as she begins to heal.

Right now she doesn't have much of an appetite, but this feline is feeling the love.

"We are very positive on her outcome, I think she is going to be just fine she just needs some TLC," said Holder.

She is a miracle cat with quite a road ahead of her, but for those now loving and nursing her back to health she is a true inspiration.

"Having her here is just wonderful, all of our hearts are filled with joy. We are so glad that she made it through this devastating time."

Freckles will eventually be up for adoption, but it will be some time.

In the meantime, the Lexington Humane Society says there are plenty of other animals that you could adopt and give a forever home this holiday season.


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