Optimus Kitten Makes Miraculous Recovery

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Optimus is the sole survivor from an abandoned litter of kittens found last week in a duffle bag in an empty lot. The young kitten was emaciated, hypothermic, and weak. Within days, Optimus had made what is being called a miraculous recovery.

On Tuesday, October 23 the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society in Windsor, Ontario received a call at approximately 11:35 am about a duffel bag that appeared to be “moving”. Upon arrival,  the humane society officer found that the bag contained two dead kittens and a third kitten who was barely alive.

All of the kittens were extremely emaciated, and the surviving kitten was so hypothermic when he arrived that his heart was barely beating and his temperature was too low to register on the thermometer. Thanks to immediate medical care by the Humane Society veterinary team the kitten, now named Optimus,  improved dramatically and is on the road to recovery.

Due to their malnourished state the kittens’ ages are difficult to determine, but they are believed to have been between 7 and 12 weeks of age. They were found in a red and black Sport Tek duffel bag in an empty lot in the 700 block of Northwood in Windsor. There are a number of houses nearby, and investigators hope that someone saw the bag being abandoned.  The bag is thought to have been left on either Monday, October 22 or early morning on Tuesday, October 23.

As can be plainly seen, Optimus made a remarkable recovery in a very short time. Humane Society staff are very pleased with his progress. There have so far been no signs of lingering effect from the period of neglect but staff remain watchful.

Melanie Coulter, executive director of the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society, talks on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, about Optimus.




Anyone with information about who may have neglected and then abandoned these kittens is asked to call the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society investigations department at 519-966-5751, ext 16 or Crimestoppers at 519-258-8477. You are not required to provide your name to make a report.



3 thoughts on “Optimus Kitten Makes Miraculous Recovery”

  1. only a punk jerk would harm a cat or dog. get this sicko.

    one can tell a lot about a person’s chrecter by how they treat those who can do them no harm.

    so we know enough about this lame excuse for a human. get this sicko.

  2. we adopted some tiny kittens last week at our shelter. one of the kits almost died and he was so cold he almost didnt make it. after we warmed him up he is now eating like a piglet. it is great…..

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