The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 22, 2013

“Good Samaritans” rescue kitten, hound dog

By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Tragic accidents involving a kitten and a hound dog have two local “Good Samaritans” coming to the rescue. The kitten, whose rescuer named him “Star,” and the hound dog, “Trigger,” both sustained leg injuries after being hit by a car.

Jason Kane left his Tarboro home to run errands on July 6 and returned with a wounded black kitten, which appeared to be only about four weeks old.

“I found him right after being hit by a car,” Kane said. “I think us running into each other was like divine intervention.”

Kane was in the ABC store on Wilson Street when a man came in and said there was a kitten on the side of the store that looked like it had just been run over. An animal lover, Kane decided to rescue the kitten on the spot.

“He was bleeding from his head, his leg totally fractured and not only that but hyperventilating, and I was like, ‘Ok, I’m going to get you out of here as quickly as possible,’” Kane said. “There was about a three-minute window of opportunity. I basically saved his life.”

Kane and his roommate, whom he compares to “Dr. Doolittle,” set up a home “trauma center” for Star and took him to the Tarboro Animal Clinic first thing Monday morning, where Dr. Anita Fung treated Star’s head wounds and examined his broken leg.

Just a week later, Star is running around playing as if nothing had happened to him.

“The injuries that he sustained, probably, if it happened to most people, you’d be in the hospital for six months. The strength of cats and dogs is pretty amazing,’’ Kane said.

Because of the nature of Star’s leg fracture, he has to have a specialized surgery, scheduled for Tuesday. Dr. Rebecca Tudor, an orthopedic surgeon in Louisburg, is doing the surgery, which will cost about $900, said Kane. While Kane could use some help with Star’s medical expenses, he plans to make a home for Star, joining his other adopted cats – Shadow and Sandy.

“He’s quite lucky to be alive and I’m quite lucky to have found him, because now I have a new member of my family,” Kane said. “Nobody or no creature deserves to go through what he went through … It’s my responsibility to make sure he has a happy wonderful life full of love.”

To donate to Star’s cause, visit  HYPERLINK "http://tinyurl.com/helpstarnow" http://tinyurl.com/helpstarnow, email Kane at  HYPERLINK "mailto:j.kane2006@hotmail.com" j.kane2006@hotmail.com or stop by the Tarboro Animal Clinic at 2218 N. Main St.

Trigger the Walker Hound, recently was involved in a tragic accident resulting in the amputation of one of his legs. When “Good Samaritan” Peggy Harrell found out about 2-year-old Trigger’s plight, she decided to help foot the veterinary bill.

“He was hit by a car. The vet actually thought they were going to have to euthanize him because he was in such bad shape,” said Harrell. Trigger ended up undergoing surgery to amputate his leg on July 5. Trigger’s last owner evidently branded one of his ears and he had that removed while at the vet, as well, said Harrell. He also got his vaccinations.

“The vet said the surgery was successful and he should have a full recovery,” Harrell said.

“He’s doing good. He’s back in his foster home.”

Just a few days after having his surgery, Harrell said Trigger tried to start running around again. Because of his injuries, Trigger will never be a hunting dog, said Harrell, but he would make a good pet.

“I’m hoping we’re going to find a home for him,” she said.  

As the founder/ president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Harrell is an avid advocate of the humane treatment of animals. She said she hopes bringing attention to Trigger’s situation will help people understand the importance of spaying or neutering their pets.

“I think all of us need to be aware of the situation at-hand,” Harrell said. “Let’s stop all this reproducing of animals. We just need to stop it.”

Harrell invites the community to a meeting, “Citizens Against Animal Abuse,” at 6:30 p.m. today at Calvary Episcopal Church on Church Street.

Those interested in adopting Trigger should contact Harrell at  HYPERLINK "mailto:spcaa@embarqmail.com" spcaa@embarqmail.com. Those who would like to donate to Harrell’s medical expenses should go by the Tarboro Animal Clinic or mail a check to SPCA Alliance, P.O. Box 1464, Tarboro, 27886.