MAINEVILLE, OH (FOX19) - A cat that was found hanging from a tree with a rope around his neck miraculously survived the abuse and is now in the care of a local rescue.
Myles Ahead Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, based out of Maineville, is already taking care of 84 kittens, but volunteers said they couldn't turn "Trooper" away. Rescuers said what the six-year-old cat has had to endure is nothing short of vulgar and vile.
"He's definitely been through a lot, and to trust humans and to still care is pretty amazing," said Janel Hemrick, the Executive Director and Founder of Myles Ahead.
Kristian Brady said she saw photos of Trooper and of his injuries on Facebook and offered to take him in. A man from Troy, Ohio drove the cat down and dropped him off at Brady's home on Monday night.
Thankfully, a woman in Troy reportedly caught the children in the act and stepped in by scaring the kids off and getting the cat out of death's grip.
"She basically saved his life. If she wouldn't have seen him, what would have happened," Brady said.
Brady's next move was making contact with Myles Ahead Animal Sanctuary and Rescue. Without hesitation, the volunteers agreed to come to his aid and took over his care on Tuesday.
"Even the worst he could do would be nothing compared to what they did to him," Hemrick said.
Though he has thick layers of fur, Trooper, according to rescuers, is covered in scrapes and scratches, and his eardrums are ruptured and infected.
"He also has some broken teeth," Hemrick said. "My guess would be that's from fighting, trying to get away from being hung."
Despite the injuries, Trooper is expected to be OK.
"It makes me feel good knowing he's not where he was, and he's going to be OK," Brady said.
It's unclear whether a criminal investigation is underway in Troy.
Trooper has been neutered and is now staying with a foster family while rescuers search for his forever home. Brady said that she feels so attached to Trooper, she might try to adopt him herself.