PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A cat set on fire earlier this month will be going to a loving home – with a Philadelphia firefighter.
Campbell, a male cat who was spotted running along Welens Avenue in flames on Nov. 10, has been adopted by Stephen Paslawski, a Lieutenant in the Philadelphia Fire Department.
“When I saw the story about Campbell, I was disgusted that anyone could do this to any animal,” said Mr. Paslawski, a 14-year veteran firefighter, in a release from the Pennsylvania SPCA. “I had recently put another cat I had down due to a large tumor, and with me being a firefighter, Campbell being burned, and the loss of my other cat, it just seemed like a perfect fit. Our first meeting was amazing. After a few minutes of petting him in the cage, he put his paws up on me and climbed onto my shoulder as if to say, I choose you. I knew right then it was meant to be. He’ll have a loving home for the rest of his life.”
Though Campbell will be in the care of the shelter’s hospital for a few more weeks while his severe burns continue to heal, he will eventually join Paslawski and his other cat, Tink.
The two suspects in the case, Tyrique Hall and Jose Sanchez, have been charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, and Cruelty to Animals and are each facing up to ten years in jail.