Marte, the young cat found tied to a radiator by a shoestring when a Lawrence animal control officer seized him Jan. 24, has been adopted.
Erin Backkom of Portsmouth, N.H., who has been fostering the 7-month-old cat since his recovery from surgery at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center, has decided to make him a permanent member of her household.
Marte underwent extensive surgery at the Angell center in Boston two days after being removed from the home. His owner, whose identity is not being released, is facing felony animal cruelty charges for failing to provide necessary veterinary care.
Preliminary exams at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen - where the cat was taken after being removed from the Lawrence home - showed he had swallowed a string weeks earlier, which had caused severe internal injury, according to MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin. He was immediately transferred to Angell.
During the surgery, doctors removed nearly half of Marte's intestines because they were so damaged by the string that he had swallowed.
Surgeon Andrew Goodman also had to re-route his gall bladder so that excess bile could continue to drain properly from his body.
After recovering at Angell for a day, Marte was moved back to MSPCA-Nevins Farm, and soon went into foster care with Backkom.
"We are thrilled that he is in a forever home, one that he so deserves," said Halpin.