PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, a kitten that appears to be about five weeks old was thrown from the Highland View bridge, also known as the Tapper Bridge.
The bridge is estimated to be between 50 and 60 feet tall.
"I got a phone call from our board president who had received a call from a community member that knew about this kitten that was thrown off the bridge and wanted to know what we could do for it," Gatlin Ives, Executive Director of St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, said.
The situation appeared to be grim.
Ives said, "[The kitten] wasn't moving, wasn't talking."
He said when he saw the kitten gasping for air, he held a stethoscope up to her and heard purring. It turns out, the kitten hadn't used up her nine lives, but after suffering from a spinal injury, she has a long road to recovery ahead of her. For now, she can't use her hind legs.
"I'm working on building a wheelchair for her that will straighten out her spine and hopefully help the healing process," Kylie Skoda, Animal Care Manager at St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, said.
Skoda is fostering the kitten for now, but we're told one of the individuals who found her is interested in adopting her.
Now, this kitten's story is sparking the conversation about dumping animals and how to help animal victims.
While the Humane Society has received almost $2,000 in donations, it's setting up a "second chance" fund to help other animals in the kitten's honor.
As for the kitten's new name? Bridget. It's not yet known if she will make a full recovery, but she will be monitored for the next two to three weeks.
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