PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia family’s cat was gravely injured when two people let two dogs attack it, apparently intentionally.
Lots of people are reaching out across the region, as well as nationally and internationally. Buddy’s prognosis remains dire, and he’s currently heavily sedated.READ MORE: 2 Montgomery County School Districts To Require Masks Again Due To County's COVID-19 Level
Buddy the cat has been getting top-notch, 24-hour care after a vicious attack while sitting on his porch.
“The outpouring of support for Buddy in particular is — can’t even really put it into words. It’s so amazing,” PSPCA Director of Public Relations Gillian Kocher said.
The feline was brought to the PSPCA in critical condition on Tuesday after two men passing by intentionally set their two dogs on him that morning.
“The initial thought was we were going to stabilize him here at the Pennsylvania SPACA and once we did that we’d take him into surgery to look at his wounds, see if there’s any internal bleeding or things like that,” Kocher said.
But his injuries were so severe he still hasn’t undergone surgery. Buddy was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital where he could be monitored 24 hours.READ MORE: 5-Year-Old Boy Injured In North Philadelphia Shooting, Police Say
“He has lots of puncture wounds. They’re worried about infections, but mostly what they’re doing right now is making sure that he’s comfortable and has the medication he needs, especially pain meds,” Kocher said.
If everything goes well he’ll be discharged back to the PSPCA in the next few days where they will continue his care.
“If we can get him back to himself and on the road to recovery he’ll be searching for a new home,” Kocher said.
Unfortunately, due to potential long-term care costs, Buddy’s family surrendered him to the PSPCA. People from as far away as Switzerland have sent their well wishes. Donations have surpassed $30,000.
“Obviously, those funds will go toward Buddy and his care, and if those funds exceed what the expenses are for Buddy, it’ll go to Buddy’s buddies who are other animals here in need of care,” Kocher said.
Buddy is definitely not being left out in the cold. People are already asking to be put on his adoption list.MORE NEWS: EXCLUSIVE: Teen Pilot Who Landed Plane On Bridge In Ocean City Shares How He Survived New Mexico Plane Crash
For now, vets are taking his recovery one step at a time, as they remain cautiously optimistic.