A cat doused in gasoline, put inside a trash bag, and almost crushed by garbage truck, is on the road to recovery in Berks County. The cat has been named ‘Miracle Maisy.’
According to the humane society, Maisy was dumped on the 500 block of North Front Street early Tuesday morning.
Tuesday afternoon, two workers from Harold Adam Refuse Removal on the 500 block of North Front Street in Reading discovered Maisy.
The workers were finishing their trash collection when they heard the cat crying from one of the trash bags already packed and crushed inside the truck.
In their surprised, they found a 1-year-old cat in the bag and brought her to The Humane Society of Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Chelsea Cappellano, Office Coordinator at the HSBC said, “This is the worst animal cruelty case I’ve ever seen or experienced, we are so thankful to these men and the trash company for bringing her in. Many people would turn a blind eye in this situation, but they were proactive in getting her the help she needs.”
Cappellano said Maisy was already fine but in rough shape. She said that the cat was so patient as they looked her over for obvious or noticeable injuries.
After an initial intake evaluation, the shelter staff transferred Maisy to Humane Veterinary Hospitals (HVH) Reading for further evaluation and treatment.
According to Dr. Kimya Davani, Veterinarian at HVH Reading, the veterinary staff spent hours bathing Maisy and monitoring her vitals.
“The gas was so embedded in her fur that she wasn’t drying, and because of this, her internal body temperature had dropped. We had to shave most of her body in order to get her temperature up again. She is also very underweight and suffering from skin sensitivity.” Dr.Davani added.
The doctors are worried if the toxicity of the gasoline has affected the cat’s lungs and neurological functioning; though, there are no visible life-threatening injuries.
Miracle Maisy is now awake and alert. She is now has the chance to find a family who will value and love her, all thanks to those two workers who heard her cries for help.
Humane Pennsylvania is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to a conviction.
Anyone with information should contact the Reading Police Department by calling 610-655-6116.