UPDATE: Rocky Alexander, the man who rescued Lucky, says their donation goal of $4500 has been reached. The amount was initially $3000, but the cat requires plates in his elbows rather than pins. Everyone is thrilled and hopeful the surgery will be done tomorrow. The kitten is in Louisville. Alexander says if theres any money left over, it will be donated to an animal shelter locally.
UPDATE: The man who rescued Lucky the cat tells WKYT they dropped the kitten off at a specialist in Louisville Thursday morning. He says the family was able to put the donated $1500 down for the cat's needed surgery. He says more money is needed, however, to finish paying the bill. He says Lucky is so badly hurt that screws won't work and the vet will have to use plates in his legs. He says there's a chance one leg can't be saved at all.
RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A family is doing all they can to help a kitten, whose front legs were broken by a man with a golf club.
"He's purring with two broken legs," commented Rocky Alexander as he cradled the kitten in the vet's office. "He's a fighter. He wants to make it."
Alexander rescued the kitten late Monday in Richmond. Two teens witnessed a neighbor throwing the 3-month old kitten against a concrete wall. They say they then saw the man take a golf club to its front legs.
"There's no telling what this little guy went through that night," Alexander said. "I think he's been through enough and deserves to be saved."
Veterinarians at Barnes Mill Animal Hospital say both of the kitten's legs are broken at the elbow. The break is so bad that doctors say a specialist will have to perform the surgery. The cost for the procedure is anywhere from $1800 to $3000. Now the kitten's new family is trying to raise money for the surgery.
"The next step is getting him to a specialist," explained Dr. Jack Taylor of Batnes Mill Animal Hospital in Richmond. "It has to happen pretty soon because these fractures can get too old to be repaired so we're really looking at a week to ten days."
Dr. Taylor says in the meantime, he's given Lucky a heavy dose of pain medication and taken care of routine shots. He says the little guy is eating well and enjoying the attention from loving people.
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