NYC Councilman rescues pregnant, shot cat

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Poor Loretta is pregnant, has been shot, and suffered previous abuse, but her life took a turn for the better when a New York City Councilman rescued her late last week.

Councilman Stephen Levin found Loretta on the side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Friday during the evening rush hour commute.

“I tried to get her by the scruff of the neck, and unfortunately was not able to grab her there,” Levin told Channel 2 news. “So she kind of freaked out a little bit, and I was able to grab her around the rib cage and ran right over to my car.”

Levin took Loretta to the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC) shelter in Williamsburg, where she remains in care.

Veterinarians at the shelter found the signs of past trauma and abuse, beyond her being shot, when they examined her.

“I only hope that maybe somebody knows something and saw something and can tell us possibly who did this, so the person can be brought to justice,” Vinny Spinola, from BARC told the Channel 2 news crew. “(What are the charges for something like that?) Animal cruelty. It depends on how many counts, but now it’s a felony,”

Vet tech Nicole Serra said the Loretta was in shock when she came to the shelter and could have died.

“It looks like where the bullet entered, there were patches of more abrasions or what not,” she said.

Loretta cannot have heavy medications of undergo surgery, due to her pregnancy, but the bullet is lodged in a spot where it is not of immediate concern.

She will have her kittens, recuperate and undergo further tests before she is ready to find a good home.

“We need to send her all the love through the airwaves that she can get,” said Levin.
Watch the Channel 2 News report:

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