Animal Rescue League of Boston
A stray cat who was befriended by workers at Wentworth Institute of Technology is recovering from a severe case of frostbite that nearly claimed the animal's life, according to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Wentworth maintenance workers were familiar with the cat, but had not seen it around campus for some time until it showed up again on Thursday, Jennifer Wooliscroft, communications director of the rescue league said in a statement today.
The cat looked unhealthy so workers called the Animal Rescue League. As senior rescue technician Bill Tanguay was transporting the cat, her ear fell off, Wooliscroft said.
"When our shelter veterinarian examined her, she found that she had severe frostbite," Wooliscroft said. "The padding on her paws was worn away, and we unfortunately had to remove her tail."
But Wooliscraft said that in spite of the cat's troubles, she is expected to recover once the frostbite has been properly treated.
"Even though she's had a pretty rough time, she's making everyone here smile," she said.
The cat has been named Elsie Maude because her appearance made the shelter staff think she looked like a dog, specifically a Scottish Fold terrier, Wooliscraft said.
Wooliscraft said Elsie Maude is recovering and should be healthy enough to be put up for adoption within a week.
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