Lufkin cat left for dead now up for adoption

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The young cat that was left to die inside a mesh backpack and thrown into a Lufkin pond is up for adoption Thursday.

The cat has recovered from what animal control officials say was likely a cruel joke.

"You could tell it had just been thrown out there," Allison Maxwell said. "Just tossed like a piece of trash."

Maxwell rescued the cat from a shallow grave.

"It was making the most God-awful noise you can imagine," she said. "It just pierced right through you."

He was zipped-up inside a mesh backpack and tossed in the VFW pond off Ford Chapel Road in Lufkin.

Maxwell had come to the pond off Ford Chapel Road in Lufkin to bird watch.

She saw several kids gathered around looking at something in the water.

"It was a backpack and they brought it up on the bank and we could see that whatever was in it had little white feet," Maxwell said.

About six feet off-shore, the young cat left to drown.

"Whoever did that, did that on purpose," Maxwell said. "That cat did not pull that zipper up over itself."

Maxwell said she immediately called the police and tried to keep the cat warm until animal control arrived.

"It was very cold, wet, and unresponsive," said Rhonda McLendon, the Lufkin Animal Control director.

"I didn't know when I gave him to animal control if it was going to make it through the next half hour," Maxwell said.

But he did.

An officer stayed up all night to help slowly raise his body temperature.

"It's really a sickening thing and reminds you how mean people can be," McLendon said.

"It was just completely senseless, completely," Maxwell said. "I've never seen anything that horrible, ever."

Authorities have searched the backpack for any information, but so far have no leads.

"He's lucky he survived it," McLendon said. "We really didn't expect him to."

The cat was taken to the local animal shelter to recover. There, they named him Sosimo, Spanish for 'survivor'.

Animal control said they believe the cat is about six to eight months old and it does have a little blue collar on it, so they do believe it belongs to someone.

They've held him for a week, but he's now up for adoption on a first come, first serve basis.

"We've had several phone calls and a couple of emails from people wanting to know if they could adopt him immediately," said McClendon.

"Eventually a human like that affects all of us and someone who learns that as a child, learns how to hurt people as an adult," Maxwell said.

Maxwell says someone should be held responsible.

Officers are hoping someone will give it a chance for a new life.

"For cats, they have a high rate of Euthanasia. Only one in twelve cats get out, so that's over 80 percent that don't make it out and that's whether it's a kitten or an adult," said McClendon.

She's surprised no one has stepped up to take the cat, especially since there seemed to be so much interest.

"There is someone out there that is going to take him and give him a good home and he's never going to have to worry about anything like that happening ever again," said Maxwell.

Maxwell is hopeful Sosimo will have a home for Christmas.

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