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Reward seeks person who tied kitten to bush

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

An 8-month-old black kitten found tied to a pricker bush with a rope tied tightly around its neck in Dearborn on Monday is recovering, said The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

The Dearborn-based shelter is offering a$5,000 reward for information on the person who tied up the male kitten, who was likely there for days. The initial $2,500 reward was doubled by an anonymous donor Wednesday evening.

The kitten was found in front of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn by workers who heard the kitten’s cries. The workers called security, who called Animal Control, said Colleen Robar, who issued the news release for the shelter.

Animal Control took the black kitten to VetSelect of Dearborn after they failed to remove the rope.

Robar said the rope had to be surgically removed.

The kitten underwent surgery at VetSelect on Monday. A technician at VetSelect of Dearborn said the surgery took about an hour because the kitten’s wound was infested with maggots.

They cleaned the wound, started medication and hydro-therapy to heal the wound, the clinic said.

The shelter has named the kitten Mustang. He still is receiving treatments. VetSelect said one of the assistants is planning to adopt the kitten.

“This kitten is a fighter and is very sweet,” said Elaine Greene, executive director of the Friends of Animals of Metro Detroit. “He was probably there for a few days. He had surgery yesterday at VetSelect in Dearborn and will recuperate at the shelter.”

“Somebody had to have seen this horrible incident. Please contact the shelter at (313) 943-2607 with any information so we can prosecute this person.”

To donate to help pay for the kitten’s surgery, visit metrodetroitanimals.org.

srahal@detroitnews.com