Lucky Feline Survives Being Impaled by Stick

July 11, 2012

Boston, Mass., July 11, 2012 – Jaimie Sevene knew something was wrong when her normally active two-year-old feline “Sully” grew listless and tired on Sunday evening.  Jaimie—who along with her boyfriend Derek share their home in Brighton, Mass. with the gorgeous Maine Coon rescue—immediately brought her to the Emergency and Critical Care Unit at Angell Animal Medical Center.  There, doctors later discovered Sully’s abdomen had been pierced by a sharp, nearly four-inch-long stick.  And the stick was now lodged perilously close to the cat’s heart.

 The surgical staff at Angell Animal Medical prep Sully for surgery and identify the entry wound (credit: Angell Animal Medical Center)


Dr. Sarah Cannizzo was the first veterinarian to tend to Sully upon his arrival in the animal ER.  While Sully’s vital signs were stable it was clear he had suffered some kind of trauma.  “He had a visible entry wound on his abdomen and appeared to be in significant pain,” said Dr. Cannizzo.  She and her team administered pain medicine to Sully while awaiting x-ray results, which ultimately confirmed the stick was lodged in Sully’s abdomen, centimeters away from vital organs.


Angell’s Surgical Team Comes to Sully’s Aid

With the presence of the stick confirmed, Sully was scheduled for emergency surgery.  Dr. Nicholas Trout, who specializes in both orthopedic as well as soft tissue veterinary surgery, performed the operation to remove the stick.  The surgery went smoothly and Sully spent one more day in the hospital to recover before going home. 


What precisely happened to Sully remains a mystery but Jaimie, who keeps Sully indoors at all times—which is recommended by the MSPCA-Angell—suspects her “escape artist” cat may have found his way into the basement of their apartment house, which is laden with scraps of wood and various tools used by the couple’s contractor landlord.  “After this scare I realize just how crafty Sully can be and we have already established new household ‘rules’ to ensure he never again finds himself in the basement,” she said.

 Sully is examined the day after his surgery to determine when he can go back home (credit: Angell Animal Medical Center)


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Angell Animal Medical Center cares for more than 50,000 animals a year and is one of the most acclaimed veterinary practices in the country. Angell has 67 doctors and an experienced support staff who work as a team to ensure high quality general wellness, emergency and specialty care. With 31 board-certified specialists and technology that includes an MRI specifically designed for animals, Angell is committed to providing a broad range of specialized expertise and experience, but delivers this care with one-on-one compassion that animals and their owners deserve. Angell is open for emergencies 24 hours of every day of the year, and offers night and weekend appointments with our specialty services.