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Young Boy Saves Cat From Abusers

Photos via Outer banks SPCA at Facebook

On Monday night, March 11, Wendell Overton of Manteo, NC found three other boys between the ages of 5 and 13 torturing a stray cat. They were throwing the cat in the air, running over him with their bicycles, and squirting an energy drink in his face. Showing great bravery and concern for the vulnerable creature, Wendell confronted the boys and took the cat home where he and his mother called the Outer Banks SPCA. Thanks to Wendell’s bravery and the Roanoke Island Animal Clinic, where the cat was treated, Jackson, as the cat is being called, is expected to make a complete recovery.

According to the WVEC news report below, Wendell’s mom Julia said her son “was watching the cat for a few weeks and he said ‘Mom, if I can get my hands on him, can I save him?,” not realizing he would later actually save the cat from a group of abusers.

The Outer Banks SPCA posted an update on the rescued cat at Facebook yesterday, saying “Jackson, the cat saved by Wendell’s compassion and bravery … is recovering well, resting comfortably, eating like a king and will be looking for a new home soon!”

The abusers have not been charged for their actions. Instead, they got a talking-to from officers of the SPCA.

Wendell is being thanked for his courage and compassion in saving the cat.

Jackson the cat, saved from abuse by Wendell Overton



Click on the above photo to leave your message of thanks for Wendell on a comment thread at the Outer Banks SPCA Facebook page.

You can send a thank you card to Wendell at:

Wendell Overton
c/o Outer Banks SPCA
PO Box 2477
Manteo, NC 27954

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    March 14, 2013 3:17 pmPosted 2 years ago

    Well Done, much respect., I hope yo are getting all the comments on fb to him. Very proud of you young man.

  • March 14, 2013 4:52 pmPosted 2 years ago
    lynne reed

    I CANNOT for 1 second understand why the offenders only got “a talking to”. It is a disgusting thing they did. they should be made to face up to their evil actions. a simple talking to will NEVER teach them a lesson

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      March 15, 2013 8:03 amPosted 2 years ago

      Certainly, you can accept a stern talking-to for a 5-year-old, can’t you? As for the 13-year-old, that’a a judgment call based on what’s best for the kid. You and I aren’t going to find out enough about the boy’s record or the parents’ response to make a proper judgment.

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    March 14, 2013 6:18 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Goldie Goodwin

    Wendall, you are a fine young man. That took some courage to do what you have done. I am sure you made your mom proud, and you saved a wonderful cat too. Jackson the Cat knows you helped him. You have a brave spirit and a kind heart. Thank you!

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    March 14, 2013 6:50 pmPosted 2 years ago
    Charmaine Tipton

    Hello Wendell,
    You are an awesome young man. It took a lot of courage to stand up to those boys & help Jackson. Those boys should have to face some sort of punishment for torturing a defenseless animal. Your mom sure must be proud of you. She has raised a fine young man. I am very, very proud of you!!

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    March 16, 2013 4:31 pmPosted 2 years ago

    “A TALKING TO” ????????????????????? That is outrageous. These people should be fired and each kid charged with animal cruelty. What is going to prevent them from repeating this behavior? I am truly appalled by this.


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