Maine is the home state of horror and supernatural writer Stephen King. With the remake of Pet Sematary set to open in theaters on April 5, this ‘dead cat coming back to life story’ is for real and it fits.
David Lloyd is the public works director in Lincoln, Maine. His guys found a cat frozen almost solid on Monday. The cat was stiff and completely unresponsible.
Since the humane society hadn’t opened yet, David wrapped the cat up in his coat and set him in the sun. The cat stayed in the sun about two hours until the humane society opened and then the crew took him over. No one knows how long the cat had been out there, frozen to the ground, by the time they rescued him.
Penobscot Valley Humane Society Animal Control Officer Mary Ann Curtis can back up this ‘cat tale.’ In an interview with ABC Chicago Mary describes the cat when he arrived.
“He was completely unresponsive. His mouth looked very dry, which is why Meg had started giving him some fluids. Just through a syringe, trying to get some fluid back into him and she noticed that his tongue was moving. He was trying to drink involuntarily. That’s a really good sign.”
Devon Ireland and Chuck Briggs with public works (who actually rescued the kitty) paid a visit to the miracle kitty on Thursday. They said the cat looked ten times better and didn’t even look like the same cat they dug out of the ice.
The Penobscot Valley Humane Society posted the story on March 19 on their Facebook community page that gives us a better understanding of how close to death the cat really was. At this time it’s been shared over 600 times.
“Yesterday morning, Lincoln ACO, Mary Ann Curtis left us a phone message to give us a heads’ up; Devon and David Ireland, over at the Lincoln Public Works Building had found a cat, frozen in the ice. Devon said he thought the cat was dead at first but saw that he was breathing, so he extricated him out of the ice and brought him into the Public Works building. David placed him on his jacket and let him lay in the sun inside by a window until we opened.
Kitty was totally unresponsive; we kept him covered up and checked him repeatedly until about 12.30. His mouth looked dry, and, even though there didn’t seem to be much hope, I dripped a tiny bit of electrolytes into the side of his mouth, which was open. He licked it and swallowed it! His ear twitched, and he, still unresponsive for the most part, licked and swallowed 7cc of Pedialyte. We rushed him over to Dr. Melanie at Chester Animal Hospital; on the way, we noticed that when the sun hit his face, he reacted slightly.
Still seemed pretty hopeless, even to the staff. Dr. Melanie poked and prodded and pulled his legs gently; when she did, he retracted them! She took 3 x-rays and showed them to us-not a broken bone in his body, no brain swelling-just a pretty much unresponsive cat that was breathing deeply and steadily. Kitty was given a shot to see if it would bring him out of shock, and we were told there was nothing else they could do that we couldn’t. We took him back to the shelter, gave him some subcutaneous fluids.
Nothing, and nothing by the time we had to leave. BUT-this morning was a different story! See for yourself below!
Thank you Mary Ann Curtis, David and Devon Ireland, Dr.s Melanie and Joe Nesin at Chester Animal Hospital for helping this miracle happen! Kitty now has a double condo all to himself and is recuperating nicely! HE IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION RIGHT NOW.”
Numerous people have offered to adopt the miracle kitty and others have paid his medical expenses.
WVII/WFVX reached out to Stephen King for a comment on the story and his reply was a line from his book that is now a tag line for the upcoming movie.
“Sometimes dead is better. But not in this case. We hope.”
If this frozen kitty-comes-back-from-the-dead story didn’t have so many people to back it up as truth it sure makes for great publicity for the movie. There’s a video available at the source link or by clicking here.
Photos for this story were taken from the Penobscot Valley Humane Society Facebook page. Hopefully, they’ll keep everyone updated on the recovery. They’re still trying to decide on a name…