An Oregon garbage man rescued a kitten he found dumped upside down in a trash can and covered in spray foam.
The Hillsboro Garbage Disposal driver was emptying the container with a hydraulic arm on May 3 when he heard whining.
‘Upon further inspection, he noticed a small cat, encased in spray foam, hanging upside down from its back legs,’ the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
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The eight-week-old kitten was found in a garbage can covered in stiff suffocating spray foam
Rescuers used razor blades to cut the chemical product out of the creature’s fur and took it to a vet
The worker took the eight-week-old male kitten back to his garbage disposal facility, where staff worked to free it from the hardened foam.
They used razor blades to cut the suffocating chemical product out of the creature’s fur and later took it to a local vet.
‘He looked like something out of a Halloween horror show,’ Dr. Diane Healey from the Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic told FOX12.
‘It obviously hadn’t been there too terribly long, or he would have suffocated, the head was covered, the face was covered, the legs were stiff, he couldn’t move them.’
The kitten is being taken care of by the Washington County Animal Services’ Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter and is expected to make a full recovery.
Police are investigating who committed this horrific act of animal cruelty.
An Oregon garbage man was emptying a trash can (pictured) when he found the kitten trapped upside down and covered in foam
The local vet said the kitten ‘would have suffocated’ if it had been covered in the foam any longer
The little cat is being taken care of at the Bonnie Hays Small Animal Shelter and is expected to make a full recovery
They said it is unclear who is responsible because the garbage can was at a property with multiple residences with many people ‘coming and going’.
But they are confident that it was intentional and are testing a bottle of spray foam collected at the property for fingerprints.
The animal shelter told DailyMail.com: ‘If the kitten’s caretaker is cleared of suspicion, then the kitten will most likely be reunited with them’.
‘If the Sheriff’s Office determines that’s not the case, they will work with us on the next best steps for the kitten.’