KITTEN BURNED ALIVE: 5 WEEKS OLD KITTEN JUSTIN BURNED ALIVE BY PHILADEPHIA THUGS NOW RECOVERING, JUSTIN WAS DOUSED IN GASOLINE AND SET ALIGHT THAT RESULTED TO THIRD DEGREE BURNS

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Amazing recovery of a tough little kitten named Justin who has fought his way back from the brink of death after being doused in gasoline and set alight by cruel thugs

 – At 5 weeks old, Justin suffered second and third-degree burns over one-third of his body

  • Vets had to amputate his burned ears and treat his wounds with laser
  • Justin is on the road to recovery and he has been released into foster care

By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED:19 July 2013

Justin the kitten had a rough start in life after getting horribly burned in Philadelphia when he was only 5 weeks old, but lately things have been looking up for the resilient little feline.

The black-and-white kitty was discovered in April with his ears and fur singed after he was deliberately doused with an accelerant and set alight.

The Animal Alliance of New Jersey took Justin in, and Crown Veterinary Specialists provided his medical care. As part of the treatment, medics had to amputate his injured ears and used a laser to help his burns heal.

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New family: Justin the burned kitten is embraced by his new foster mom, Sara, at the Animal Alliance of New Jersey New family: Justin the burned kitten is embraced by his new foster mom, Sara, at the Animal Alliance of New Jersey

 Justin Justin

Then and now: In April, then-5-week-old kitty (left) appeared terribly wounded and burned after being doused with an accelerant and set alight; now, Justin is looking healthy and plump (right) 

Game time: Justin now has his own toys to keep him engaged and away from trouble Game time: Justin now has his own toys to keep him engaged and away from troubleThanks to the consistent and attentive care, Justin quickly set off on a path to recovery. Not before long, the kitten was eating on his own and showing his playful side.

As his wounds healed, the pet’s black-and-white coat, previous covered in bald patches, started growing back. 

 In late May, the adorable little kitten, whose heart-breaking plight has gone viral, was released from the hospital into foster care, the site LifeWithCats.tv reported.

On Monday, Justin was photographed looking plump and healthy in the arms of his new foster mom, identified by theAnimal Alliance of New Jersey as Sara.

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Soft spot: After getting a rough start in life, Justin can appreciate the small comforts of a cozy blanket

 
Playful: Like any self-respecting feline, Justin enjoys a good game of cat and mouse Playful: Like any self-respecting feline, Justin enjoys a good game of cat and mouse
 
At rest: The kitten still sporting a cone to prevent him from licking his wounds is seen relaxing with his foster family At rest: The kitten still sporting a cone to prevent him from licking his wounds is seen relaxing with his foster family
 
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No place like home: Justin roams freely around his foster home, settling in for a rest wherever he pleases

 
Educational: The playful kitty takes a break from fun and games to squeeze in some reading Educational: The playful kitty takes a break from fun and games to squeeze in some reading

Earlier this month, a video appeared on YouTube showing the furry troublemaker exploring his foster home and playfully lunging at the camera.

On April 26, 2013, Justin was discovered by a Good Samaritan in the Kensington section of Philadelphia just after a flame was set to its doused body, according to police.

Damaris Alcala told Philadelphia’s WPVI-TV that the kitten, ‘was crying when I [picked] him up, but when I moved him in the back, he was screaming.’

After Alcala contacted authorities, a humane law enforcement official took the kitten to the SPCA’s Philadelphia location, where veterinarians provided pain medicine and treated the animal.

 
Not keen on cone? Justin does not seem thrilled wearing a cone around his neck - but it's for his own good Not keen on cone? Justin does not seem thrilled wearing a cone around his neck – but it’s for his own good
 
Recovering: Justin, a 5-week-old kitten who weighs just one pound, is steadily recovering and expected to survive after being doused in an accelerant and set on fireRecovering: Justin, a 5-week-old kitten who weighs just one pound, is steadily recovering and expected to survive after being doused in an accelerant and set on fire
 
The four-to-five-week-old male kitten was discovered by Damaris Alcala on F Street near McPherson Square Park in Philadelphia last week after being set on fireJustin
 
 

Champ: Vets say most of the cat’s ears will need to be removed and it will sustain some permanent baldness in some areas but he’s doing amazingly well and is seen even gently wanting to play

 
Disfigured: When he arrived at the clinic, the little cat was bleeding from his ears, his body covered in wounds and matted, singed fur Disfigured: When he arrived at the clinic, the little cat was bleeding from his ears, his body covered in wounds and matted, singed fur
 
Permanent damage: Although much of his fur has grown back, it is likely that Justin will have bald patches for the rest of his life Permanent damage: Although much of his fur has grown back, it is likely that Justin will have bald patches for the rest of his life

The kitten was then transferred to a nearby intensive care unit. The one-pound Justin sustained second- and third-degree burns to a third of his tiny body.

Veterinarians have been forced to remove most of the cat’s ears, and Justin will also have some permanent bald patches in areas most severely burned – stretching from the top of its head throughout its back.

 
Before: The kitten received burns on over a third of its body when found last week near an intersection in New JerseyBefore: The kitten received burns on over a third of its body when found last week near an intersection in New Jersey
 

On the road to recovery, the resilient critter had undergone treatment with antibiotics to fight infections, had his wounds constantly dressed to remove scar tissue and consumed appetite stimulants to gain weight.

The Humane Society has offered up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thugs responsible for the attack, but police have been unable to track down the culprits.

 
 
Justin the kittenJustin the kitten
 
 

Help! With Justin’s medical bills expected to reach $5,000 to $6,000, Animal Alliance, an all-volunteer group, says they are seeking donations to help cover the costs

Healing: The kitten, whose back was badly burned, had to undergo laser treatments and take antibiotics to fight infections Healing: The kitten, whose back was badly burned, had to undergo laser treatments and take antibiotics to fight infections
 
Speak out: The SPCA is encouraging anyone with information about the kitten burned near McPherson Square Park to contact the proper authoritiesSpeak out: The SPCA is encouraging anyone with information about the kitten burned near McPherson Square Park to contact the proper authorities
 
 
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Officials from the SPCA are obtaining search warrants to view surveillance footage from a store nearby where the kitten was found

 
The kitten was initially treated at the SCPA headquarters in Philadelphia, where it was provided pain medication The kitten was initially treated at the SCPA headquarters in Philadelphia, where it was provided pain medication

The SPCA is speculating that the horrible scene was likely a prank gone awry.

Spokesman George Bengal said regardless of the motives, ‘it’s pretty horrendous.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2371111/Amazing-recovery-tough-little-kitten-named-Justin-fought-way-brink-death-doused-gasoline-set-alight-cruel-thugs.html#ixzz2ZYvj40PF
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