Kitten with fractured back rescued by Pets Alive in the middle of the night


Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary raced to rescue an injured kitten Monday night after they were contacted by a Good Samaritan on Facebook. “The post stated that a small kitten was dragging her hind legs and hiding under a shed in Highland,” said Executive Director Audrey Lodato. Lodato rushed to the scene and spent five hours coaxing the injured kitten out from beneath the shed. The kitten was eventually captured in a Hav-a-heart trap and was raced to the Animal Emergency Clinic on Noxon Road in Poughkeepsie.

X-rays revealed that the kitten – named Briar – has a fractured vertebra,  causing her to drag her hind legs.  No one is exactly sure how she was hurt, but the injuries are consistent with those of cats who crawl into car hoods to get warm, and then get caught in the engine when it is started. Currently, the kitten is under the care of Pets Alive medical director, Dr. Joseph D’Abbraccio, and doing very well. D’Abbraccio is exploring surgical options.  “Briar is suffering from orthopedic and spinal injuries which we suspect are from the trauma she endured.” he said.   “We continue to monitor her progress multiple times per day for any change.   Overall, her prognosis is good.  If surgery is not needed, continued physical therapy will be critical for an ideal recovery.”

Briar will remain hospitalized for the time being. Donations for Briar’s care, which will cost the sanctuary thousands of dollars, can be made by visiting or mailed to Pets Alive, 363 Derby Road, Middletown, NY 10940. Pets Alive is a private not-for-profit animal sanctuary that subsists entirely on donations.


About Pets Alive

Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary is a private, nonprofit organization supported entirely on donations. Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, intervention, education and collaboration.

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5 years ago

Thanks god Briar is safe and receiving needed care. *PRAYERS* for a complete recovery and then for a loving, forever home as every cat and kitten deserves!