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Kitten frozen to semi-trailer tire saved by good Samaritan

A tiny, 5-week-old kitten found herself in a dangerous predicament after seeking shelter and warmth from the bitter 19-degree temperatures on Monday, October 26. Thanks to a kind person, the kitten is resting comfortably at the Dumb Friends League.

It all started with a meow heard from beneath a parked semi-trailer at a tire shop in Commerce City. Upon further investigation, a shop’s patron discovered a kitten hanging off the side of one of the tires, her paws and tail frozen to the metal surface, trapping her in place. It was unknown how long she had been there, but the kind individual knew he needed to bring her to safety.

According to the good Samaritan, the first step was figuring out how to free the kitten’s paws and tail without causing her additional pain and suffering. Without hesitation, he climbed under the semi-trailer and gently warmed the kitten’s paws and tail by splashing warm water on the areas stuck to the tire. It took nearly 20 minutes to free the kitten as the patron was careful to keep her as dry as possible, considering the freezing temperatures outside. Once free, she was immediately wrapped in a moving blanket and brought to the League where she received a veterinary exam, nutritious food and warm shelter.

Frightened and freezing, the kitten, against all odds, is healthy. Upon examination, staff discovered that she had some swelling and pain in her front paws, particularly on her left front leg. She is being treated with pain medication and the League’s veterinary team will monitor her for a few days before she goes to a foster home until she is ready for adoption. The patron who discovered this kitten is interested in adopting her once she is fully recovered.

Without intervention from the compassionate stranger, it is unlikely this kitten would have survived the night.

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