Hardy, a 8-month-old kitten was found wandering around an apartment complex in District Heights, Maryland. The cat had been tortured and abused by someone who had cut his ears and tied up his limbs and tail, leaving very bad injuries.
“We have named our newest addition Hardy. This name means courageous and able to overcome difficult circumstances. This name is certainly fitting for this cat who has endured weeks of cruelty and yet is still affectionate and trusting of humans.” Hardy’s rescuers wrote on Facebook.
His feet and tail had been bound with rubber bands, and his ears were mutilated beyond repair. “His ears were a rag – like shredded – when they came, so they had to amputate his ears.” wrote his rescuers. Some of Hardy’s toes were so badly damaged from the rubber bands, they had to be amputated as well.
Hardy needed surgery to fix his wounds, but his recovery went well. He is a true fighter. Right after his operation he was purring and kneading his blanket.
“Our vet is applying new bandages to Hardy’s leg. His lower left leg was injured down to the bone and he will need continued treatment and monitoring.” Hardy’s rescuers wrote on Facebook.
Despite everything he’s been through, Hardy is still very affectionate and friendly, he wants nothing but love.
“Hardy loves all the support and compassion he has been receiving! But most of all he loves his treats his foster mom spoils with. He has been recovering very well and is becoming a social and active kitten.” wrote his rescuers.
For more information about Hardy please visit Facebook.
A criminal investigation is in progress to locate and prosecute Hardy’s abusers.