Essex County

Kitten caught in wheel of truck on the road to recovery at MSPCA

LAWRENCE, Mass. — A four-week-old kitten is on the road to recovery after getting his head stuck in the wheel of a truck in Lawrence last Friday.

The MSPCA says that animal control officers in Lawrence were trying to trap the kitten and his siblings to get them off the street. Trying to corral the kittens proved troublesome, when one of them went missing.

“This little guy got scared and hid in the tire,” Director of Operations at the MSPCA Nevins Farm Meaghan O’Leary said. “No one could find him until they heard him crying. It was just so heartbreaking.”

The kitten was rushed to the Bulger Veterinary Hospital in Lawrence after officials saw the extent of his injuries.

“Our vets immediately cleaned him up, sutured a large wound on his leg, and bandaged his foot,” O’Leary said, although doctors added they will likely need to amputate a few of the animal’s toes.

The kitten is undergoing surgery this week, according to an MSPCA spokesperson, and is looking at a four-to-six week recovery timetable. After that, the kitten will go into a foster home until he is old enough to be adopted.

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“We know that he’ll be a wonderful pet when he’s fully recovered,” O’Leary said. “He’s eating well and has even been moving around, despite his injuries.”

Any adopters who have the time to allow this kitten to acclimate to his new surroundings are encouraged to apply on the MSPCA’s website. Shelter staff expects the kitten will need minimal follow-up care on his foot.

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