Reward hiked for tied-up kitten; shelter lowers cat adoption fees

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Mustang, an 8-month-old black kitten was found tied to a pricker bush with a rope tied tightly around its neck.

An 8-month-old black kitten that was found tied to a bush last month in Dearborn has recovered and has been adopted.

But the abuser has not been found and authorities are doubling the reward for information on the person who tied up the kitten, who was likely there for days.  Dearborn-based Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit increased the reward from  $2,500 to $5,000.

The kitten, named Mustang, received treatment at VetSelect after having a rope that was tightly tied around his neck surgically removed. Maggots had infested the wounds when he was found.

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit said an assistant who works at VetSelect has adopted him. 

The kitten was found in front of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn by workers who heard the kitten’s cries. 

Mustang’s condition has improved and he is expected to move to his new home within the week.

"He’s a very sweet and friendly kitten ... His wounds look great, they’re so much better," said the VetSelect worker who would only provide her first name as Karen.

Elaine Greene, executive director of the shelter, said in a statement that she hopes increasing the reward will generate new leads.

“We need to find out who did this because we want to prevent further abuse of animals," Greene said. "No animal should have to suffer like Mustang did, so we have to make sure this person never treats an animal like this again.” 

Separately, the shelter is running a $5 adoption special for adult cats because the shelter is almost at capacity. Any cat older than 6 months is eligible for the adoption special. 

“Summer is always really busy for us,” Greene said in the release. “This summer we have well over a hundred cats and kittens in foster (care) and at the shelter. We need to make room for more rescues, so we’re lowering the fee to $5 for adult cats through August."

Contact the shelter at (313) 943-2607 with any information on Mustang or to discuss adopting an animal.