The taboo was found last Saturday when a fire department returned to the scene of a fire that had occurred the day before.
Jesse Oshell, Greater Sudbury’s deputy chief of fire, says firefighters frequently return to see if there is anything that may rekindle the fire.
“They are trained to analyze the surroundings where the fire originates and goes out using their senses,” he continued.
The fire captain heard the cat lurking in nearby bushes when the firemen returned to the site. He was covered with crusted tar, according to Oshell.
“The kitten couldn’t move any farther and was screaming out from those bushes,” he stated.
The firefighters contacted the Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter, which helped them and linked them with the Walden Animal Hospital, who took him in.
“They took care of him, he’s eating well and healing, and we’re hoping for the best,” Oshell continued.
“The crew has washed them in soap to remove as much tar as possible.” Benefit has third-degree burns on his paws, but he’s acting like a “true soldier” despite the pain. Dobby came in third.
Degree burns on his feet meant he required additional pain medication and hugs, but he was a trooper,’ according to the Walden Animal Hospital’s Facebook page, where kitten Dobby is being treated.”
According to Oshel, treating wounded pets is a challenging aspect of the job.
“We have oxygen masks for animals on our fire trucks,” he explained, “so if we arrive at a scene with dogs or cats, we try our utmost to save them, and we even save birds.”
Although the benefit is not yet fit for adoption, Oshell says there is already a waiting list of people who want to adopt him, including some of the station’s firemen.
The firefighters acted quickly and transported the newborn cat to a hospital in Ontario, Canada. Dobby is still alive and well, but his recovery is gradual.