RAVENNA -- She's been dubbed 'Annie Oakley' and is making progress in a foster home but the outlook for this tiny kitten wasn't always positive.
A report came in Labor Day of a kitten found in a dumpster, inside a closed trash bag, with empty cans of beer.
A woman heard a kitten crying from inside the dumpster. She pulled out the bag and opened it. Inside she found a tiny kitten.
The kitten was covered in beer, fleas and very weak. Once Portage Animal Protective League took the kitten back to the shelter for evaluation, the need became clearer.
This little female kitten -- now called Annie Oakley -- had a head tilt -- maybe a neurological problem or abuse -- fleas, tapeworms, and she was emaciated and dehydrated and in general poor health.
A trip to the veterinarian was scheduled immediately. The exam showed that she was actually about eight weeks old. This was a surprise, given her size. Initially she was thought to be much younger.
But malnutrition and fleas probably hindered her growth. She was given fluids, flea medication, a de-worming medication, a bath, food and lots of love.
"We are not sure why someone would have thrown her out like garbage, says Chalan Lowry, the Portage APL Executive Director. But we are so thankful someone heard her cries. Her hours inside that bag were numbered."
The Portage APL relies on the community to step up and help. The kitten, named Annie Oakley is in foster care gaining weight and recovering from her ordeal.
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Annie should be available in the coming weeks if all goes well. Follow up visits to the veterinarian will also be in her future to determine if her head tilt is permanent or tempor
The Portage Aninal Protective league continues to see an increase in injured and emergency cases. The Portage APL relies on the community to step up and help.
The Portage APL is a private, nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity and kindness of individuals and businesses to help thousands of animals who have no voice.
To make a donation or for more information, please call the Portage Animal Protective League at 330.296.4022 or visit the website at http://portageapl.org/Donate_Online