Abused kitten ‘Pumpkin’ needs loving home

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SAN DIEGO — An 8-month-old kitten that was struck or kicked by someone nearly two months ago has recovered from her injuries and is ready for adoption, the county of San Diego Department of Animal Services announced Friday.

A good Samaritan who found the kitten thought she had been hit by a car when he discovered her on Mission Gorge Road in San Carlos on Oct. 10.

Only later did Animal Services veterinary staff determine the animal’s injuries were most likely caused by abuse.

Her abdominal injuries required extensive surgery. A staff member fostered the young feline during her recovery.

“We don’t know who struck and injured this cat as there were no witnesses,” Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson said. “If anyone sees or hears about any animal abuse, we beg you — don’t turn a blind eye or deaf ear. Report your concerns to our department.”

Cases of animal cruelty can be reported to the department’s emergency dispatch line at 619-236-2341, or by calling 911.

Staff members named the little kitty “Pumpkin.” She may have a slight limp her entire life from nerve damage but there’s no sign it’s painful, and it doesn’t stop her from being a typical kitten, according to Animal Services.

“She has a sweet outgoing personality,” said Danielson. “Pumpkin is extremely playful and just loves her catnip toys. She also loves to explore boxes and other hidden places, and she is very clean and affectionate.”

People interested in adopting Pumpkin need to move fast.

Animal Services said prospective adopters have to visit the county’s animal care facility at 5580 Gaines St. in San Diego and complete an application by the close of business on Sunday. If multiple families are interested in adopting the cat, the staff will invite the top candidates to visit the shelter and meet Pumpkin, and then select the adopter.