Critically Injured Kitty Found Under Porch Stairs Recovering after Surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center

Good Samaritan from Lawrence and MSPCA-Nevins Farm Rush to Ensure “Samosa” Gets Life-Saving Medical Care

BOSTON and Methuen, Mass, Nov. 29, 2017 – A good Samaritan in Lawrence heard the faintest of cries when returning home on Nov. 20 and followed the sound to her porch stairs where, cowering underneath, she found a cold, hungry and critically injured cat.

The cat was rushed to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in nearby Methuen, where staffers were able to evaluate her.

The good Samaritan, whose identity is not being released, likely saved the cat’s life.  As it turns out, “Samosa,” as she has since been named, was severely injured with fractures to her right elbow as well as her pelvis, likely the result of having been struck by a fast moving car.

She had likely been hit at least a week prior to her discovery, making her survival all the more remarkable.

Nevins Farm adoption center manager Meaghan O’Leary arranged for Samosa to be seen by the veterinary team at the MSPCA’s 24-7 emergency and specialty hospital in Boston, Angell Animal Medical Center, the very next day.

Thanksgiving at the Animal Hospital

Angell’s Dr. Emily Ulfelder confirmed that Samosa was in very rough shape upon arrival.  “Aside from the fractures—which are critical in their own right and ultimately not survivable if left untreated—she was anemic and very weak due to extensive internal bleeding.”

One of her injuries was so severe and uncommon that Dr. Ulfelder had never actually seen it outside of textbooks.  “She had what’s called an ‘avulsion fracture’ to her elbow—a very serious fracture that would have no chance of healing without surgery.”

On the day before Thanksgiving, Dr. Ulfelder and the Angell surgery team screwed plates into the front and back of Samosa’s pelvis and performed a delicate operation to repair her elbow.  And on Friday she was returned to the Nevins Farm.

Home for the Holidays

Now that Samosa is in recovery, the Nevins Farm team has set its sights on finding her a wonderful home for the holidays.  O’Leary and her team have issued a call for adopters to step forward and provide Samosa that safe and loving home.  Interested adopters can email for more information about her.

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