A senseless act of cruelty nearly killed a poor animal—but inadvertently sent him towards a better home, where he’s getting love and a second chance.
Richard Maenner, a construction worker from Newark, Delaware, was working near the I-95 south on May 25. That was where he witnessed a heartbreaking sight:
A cat was thrown from the window of a moving vehicle.
“I looked over at a car doing about 70 and an object came out of the window, bounced off the guardrail and came back into the street and instantly meowed,” Maenner told WPVI.
He suspects that the driver was attempting to throw the unlucky cat over the bridge into the river, but missed. As a result, the cat survived but suffered multiple fractures to his leg.
Luckily, cats have nine lives—so this cat got a second chance, thanks to Maenner.
He rescued the cat and took it home to his family.
The cat, who they fittingly named “Lucky,” was given some much-needed love by Maenner’s fiancee Leslee Houser and their two kids—who couldn’t comprehend the people who tried to kill the cat.
“I don’t understand it,” Houser said. “He’s such a cute, lovable kitten. I just can’t imagine it.”
It seems like everything worked out in the end. Unfortunately, Lucky didn’t make it out of the accident unscathed: his leg was badly damaged enough that he needs to have it amputated.
He’s had difficulty walking with the broken leg. But the good news is that after the surgery, doctors say he will adjust to walking around on all-threes and will be walking better in no time.
Strangers have been helping the family with some of the medical expenses, as taking in the abandoned cat has cost them six trips to the vet.
There’s no word on who tossed Lucky from the car, and his new owners aren’t currently pursuing the case or pressing charges.
It was a disturbing act of cruelty, but in the end Lucky found himself in a better home with a family who can’t get enough of him.
“I feel very lucky he is in my life,” Maenner told WPVI. “We’re lucky, even though his name is Lucky.”