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Cat found burned and tortured

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Despite all he's gone through, Flint the cat is still friendly, loving, and purring. But what landed him in the care at Lafayette Animal Aid is not as forgiving as his spirit.

"(They) threw him in a fire," said cat care technician, Maura Ferguson. "He's a very loving cat so he was probably looking for affection."   

For about a week, Ferguson and the staff have been caring for Flint, who was found tortured and burned. Usually with severe cases like this, the animal is in such pain, it must be euthanized. But, it's Flint's demeanor that has saved his life a second time.

"His hair is still singed. His whiskers are gone—they've been burned off," said Ferguson. "And just seeing that happen to him is so awful because he's such a wonderful cat."

His injuries will require extensive treatment. Development Director, Heidi Paterson, says cases like this create a desperate need for donations—his care comes out of their pocket.

"This kitty cat, his care will cost thousands of dollars," said Paterson. "He's had one surgery and may require more and then there's the daily care of treating his wounds."

It's unclear who is responsible for hurting Flint. Paterson says the number of tortured animals that come through their doors far outweighs the number of animal cruelty charges and prosecutions.

"We want everyone to take responsibility for that and when you're aware of such a thing, report it to law enforcement," said Paterson.

Eventually, Flint will be up for adoption, but there's still a long road ahead.

"Some toes may have to be amputated, but we're waiting to see how it goes, how he recovers and responds to this treatment so far," said Ferguson.

To help Flint, you can donate by calling Lafayette Animal Aid at (337) 896-1553 or by going to their website www.lafayetteanimalaid.org.

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