LAKEWOOD -- A foster volunteer with Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter is now caring for an abandoned cat who suffered one of the worst frostbite cases Lakewood Animal Hospital has seen in years, the hospital tells WKYC.
The cat was found emaciated with severe frostbite by a Good Samaritan in Lakewood on Friday morning and was brought to Lakewood Animal Hospital for immediate care.
Vet employees gave the cat an antibiotic injection and transferred him to the Lakewood Animal Shelter's care on Saturday morning.
Now known as "Patrick" by his foster family, employees say the cat must have been outside for quite a while, although it's difficult to know the exact circumstances which put him out on the streets.
A return visit to the vet Monday night showed his condition to be much worse than originally thought, employees say.
Patrick is skin and bones, his eyes are sunken in, his back side is very skinny and he's missing most of the fur on the inside of his back legs.
Employees say the tips of his ears are dead from the frostbite and cannot be saved.
The skin on one of his back legs fell off Monday night, leaving his leg exposed and raw. Despite the challenges ahead, Patrick is still in good spirits and his foster mom is committed to saving him.
To make a donation toward Patrick's care, please visit the Citizens Committee for the Lakewood Animal Shelter website or stop by the Lakewood Animal Hospital at 14587 Madison Ave.