'Spike' uses up a couple of his lives

Donations sought for injured Yakutat cat

Posted: Sunday, April 01, 2001

The Yakutat Humane Society is soliciting funds to pay for surgery needed by a cat whose leg was damaged in a trap.

The cat, a gray striped tabby named Spike, wandered away from its home and showed up on a neighbor's porch some days later with its right hind paw torn off and its leg bone totally exposed, said Verona Israelson of the humane society.

"We didn't want to put him to sleep; we wanted to fix him up," said Israelson.

She consulted Kate Savage, a Juneau veterinarian who travels to Yakutat twice a year to hold animal clinics. Savage asked that Spike be flown to Juneau. But, since Spike had not had his rabies shot, that was difficult. After some negotiations, Israelson, a housewife who has lived in Yakutat for six years and is on the board of Yakutat Animal Control, managed to persuade Alaska Airlines to transport the ailing feline Wednesday.

On Thursday, veterinarian Barb Deyell of the Southeast Alaska Veterinary Clinic amputated Spike's leg due to the progression of infection, but expects him to recover completely.

"The cat is doing great, and was actually sent home today," Deyell said Friday. However, since Spike's original owner couldn't afford the surgery, Israelson is now seeking donations to pay the bill.

Checks can be sent to the Yakutat Humane Society, Box 331, Yakutat, AK 99689.

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