December 21, 2014

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Driver saves kitten from chilly fate

Frosty the kitten

Frosty the kitten recuperates Monday after being found frozen on a roadway in Elyria. COURTESY FRIENDSHIP APL

ELYRIA — A kitten found frozen to the road on Lorain Boulevard early Monday is now warming up at Friendship Animal Protective League.

The APL already is getting requests to adopt the kitten, dubbed Frosty, once he’s been nursed back to health, according the organization’s chief financial officer, Shelley MacDonald.

“We’re hopeful he’ll make a full recovery,” MacDonald said as she held Frosty on Monday afternoon.

The 4- or 5-month-old kitten was brought to the APL about 8:40 a.m. by Dara Taylor, who was on her way to work when she saw the cat, although at first she didn’t realize what it was.

Friendship APL CEO Shelley MacDonald holds Frosty.

Friendship APL CEO Shelley MacDonald holds Frosty.

“I thought it was a chunk of ice in the middle of the road,” Taylor said. “When I got closer, it moved. That freaked me out.”

Taylor, of Elyria, said she was able to maneuver her car so it passed harmlessly over the cat, before she stopped and turned on her blinkers.

“As I got out of the car, I could hear him meowing so loudly and pitifully and his little heart was beating so fast,” she said.

Taylor said the kitten was covered in ice like it had been in water. She said she managed to free Frosty, pick it up and take it to her car.

She also said the kitten’s eyes were effectively glued shut, so it had no idea what was going on or who was picking it up, but Frosty didn’t fight her.

She then took it to the APL, something that made her a bit late to work.

MacDonald said the kitten’s problems went beyond the freezing conditions. She said the kitten also is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, which is what caused the gunk that was gluing its eyes closed. She said both the veterinarian that gave the cat a checkup and APL staff have cleaned out Frosty’s eyes.

She said based on Frosty’s demeanor and acceptance of people that it’s likely he isn’t feral, although she added that could be because someone had fed the cat while he was in the wild. It’s also possible Frosty is a pet who got out and his owners might be looking for him.

MacDonald said she hasn’t seen a cat frozen to a road before. The APL deals with mistreated animals all the time and sometimes that includes those that have been left outside in freezing temperatures.

“With this weather, it can be dangerous,” she said.

For her part, Taylor said she was just happy that she was able to rescue Frosty from a dire fate, but she has no designs on adopting him. She said she already has a dog and a cat and her pet dander allergy won’t allow her to have any more in the house.

Those interested in adopting an animal may contact the Friendship APL at (440) 322-4321.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.