PARAMUS, N.J. — An animal hospital with a Paramus location is turning to the public for help healing a badly-burned kitten.
The feline, dubbed Hugh Jackman , suffered severe burns on more than 40 percent of his body, and is being treated by BluePearl Veterinary Partners.
A Good Samaritan found the kitty in Brooklyn with injuries to all four legs, his ears and nose.
He had extensive burns on all four of his legs, as well as trauma to the bones of his feet and loss of his fur.
The tips of his ears were burned off, and his chin, nose, and eyes were also badly damaged. ACC staff determined that his injuries were so severe he needed to be taken to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in New York City.
That person brought him to the Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC) before he was transferred to BluePearl, where he has been getting round-the-clock veterinary care for the past two weeks.
"He's an extremely tough cat," BluePearl veterinarian Meredith Daly said. "He's just tough as nails, and he's such a good boy."
It is unclear if injuries came from abuse or a terrible accident, but the ACC is asking the public to pass along any information and also to make donations for his care.
"It's horrifying to see such abuse," ACC chief operating officer MeLissa Webber said. "We are grateful that Hugh was spotted on the street and brought to our attention."
Dr. Daly said that in spite of Hugh's extremely painful injuries, he enjoys his time with the BluePearl veterinarians and technicians who change his bandages daily, and he even nuzzles and cuddles them.