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.
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:
c/o Outer Banks SPCA
PO Box 2477
Manteo, NC 27954