Kit­ten res­cued from Ch­e­sa­peake Bay

One dog shot, an­other miss­ing

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By ANGELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

This small, black kit­ten was res­cued Fri­day, March 17, from the chilly wa­ters of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Scar, rear, sus­tained a gun­shot wound to his face March 13, and sis­ter Cookie, fore­ground, is still miss­ing.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Calvert “But­ter­ball” Thompson res­cued a kit­ten from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay on Fri­day, March 17.

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