Kitten rescued from Chesapeake Bay
One dog shot, another missing
STEVENSVILLE — A well-known local waterman played the hero, rescuing a kitten and providing a happy ending in one of two animal cruelty cases here last week.
Calvert “Butterball” Thompson Jr., who is safety boat captain for The Markmen Co. which is working on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, was on his way in to pick up an inspector near the end of the day Friday afternoon, March 17. He said he came in a little bit differently and saw what he first thought was a muskrat swimming around one of the concrete piers.
He moved his boat closer to see what it was and realized it was a small, black kitten.
“It was swimming for all it was worth and kind of over on its side. It was meowing at the top of its lungs. It was pretty much on its last legs,” he said.
Thompson tried to catch the kitten with his hands, but couldn’t get a hold of it, so he used a dip net to scoop the kitten from the chilly Bay waters about half a mile from the shore at Sandy Point State Park under the threelane span of the bridge.
The kitten couldn’t have survived much longer in the cold water, he said. “I’m just glad I was there when I was, the right place at the right time.”
Both Thompson and the Chesapeake Cats and Dogs animal rescue group think someone tossed the kitten from a moving car as they crossed the bridge.
“It was almost to the end where the round pilings are. No way the cat swam out there — it would have froze to death,” Thompson said. “It’s pretty sad someone would throw a cat off the Bay Bridge. Why would they do something like that?”
He said he left the kitten on the dock while he took the inspector back out to the work site, but the wet, exhausted kitten was still there when he returned. And he noticed something was wrong with one of its eyes.
“I couldn’t just leave it there,” Thompson said, so he took it with him. He stopped at the store and bought cat food and bowl and “it did eat.”
Thompson called and offered the kitten to his daughter, Brenda Thompson Young, for his granddaughter, but she said no because their dog is not “cat friendly.” Instead, Young contacted her friend Darlene Capone, who works for Chesapeake Cats and Dogs, to see if the organization could help.
Without hesitation, Capone said, “Bring the kitten to me.”
Thompson said he turned around and took the kitten to Capone in Cloverfields.
Her organization immediately moved into life-saving mode, she said. Chesapeake Cats and Dogs describes itself as a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that provides a life of dignity and love to all animals.
“Saving lives is what we do,” Capone said.
The kitten, named Poseidon, was taken to the Community Animal Hospital in Easton, which provides emergency veterinarian services, for examination. Aside from cuts and bruises and an eye infection, Poseidon will make a full recovery, according to Chesapeake Cats and Dogs. The vet said the kitten appears to be 10 to 12 weeks old.
Capone is fostering him until his wounds heal and he can be adopted. He already has a home waiting for him, she said.
Poseidon is just “the sweetest little thing,” Capone said.
The kitten goes back to the veterinarian on Wednesday, she said. “He’s doing really well. It’s amazing how well he’s doing.”
Thompson, a former Kent Islander, gained fame as the anchor-throwing champion during the Waterman’s Festival years. While his parents still live here, he has moved to Denton.
Thompson said he was happy to have rescued the cat, but “anybody would have done the same.”
In what he called a “crazy aside,” Thompson said he was driving through Stevensville later when he heard a woman shouting near the store where No Place used to be. “I thought she was hollering at me, so I stopped to see if she needed directions,” he said.
As they chatted, she noticed his dog in the truck with him, and he told her the dog was sort of mad at him because of the kitten. It turned out this woman, who he didn’t even know, had started raising funds to help pay for the kitten’s vet bills, he said.
Anyone who would like to help offset costs for Poseidon’s emergency medical treatment, can do so by visiting www.chesapeakecatsanddogs.org and clicking on “Donate.”
In the other case, Queen Anne’s County Animal Control responded Tuesday, April 14, to the 2000 block of Love Point Road for an 11-month-old German shepherd mix that had been shot and another one that was missing.
The dogs, Scar and Cookie, had gone missing about 7:30 a.m. March 13, according to Beth Malasky, community outreach specialist with Community Affairs. The owner said Scar, the 11-month-old brown brindle, was found on the family’s rear patio with a head injury.
The owner took Scar to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, where he learned Scar had suffered a gunshot to the left bridge of his nose, Malasky reported. Scar’s condition is stable.
Scar’s sister Cookie is still missing. Cookie, also 11 months, has a gray brindle coat and a body structure more like that of a greyhound, according to the owner. Cookie was wearing two red collars, one a shock collar.
Chesapeake Cats and Dogs is asking anyone who was crossing the Bay Bridge between 2 and 2:30 p.m. March 17 and who might have seen anything to please contact the shelter at 410-643-9955.
Anyone with information on Scar’s shooting or the whereabouts of Cookie is asked to contact Queen Anne’s County Animal Control Officer Derrick Leonard at 410-758-2393.
This small, black kitten was rescued Friday, March 17, from the chilly waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Scar, rear, sustained a gunshot wound to his face March 13, and sister Cookie, foreground, is still missing.
Calvert “Butterball” Thompson rescued a kitten from the Chesapeake Bay on Friday, March 17.