Frozen kit­tens on mend af­ter trucker in New­found­land saw them in snow

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DEER LAKE, N.L.—Three aban­doned kit­tens are re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing res­cued from a snow­bank in west­ern New­found­land.

Shiver, Stormy and Flurry were found Sun­day by an an­i­mal-lov­ing truck driver, hud­dled to­gether for warmth at the side of a road near the farm­ing com­mu­nity of Cor­mack, N.L.

The driver spot­ted the mov­ing pile of black fur and re­trieved the kit­tens, warm­ing them with coats while he reached out to a lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Tanya Wight of Deer Lake Kitty Res­cue said the 12-weekold kit­tens were lethar­gic and scared when she brought them home.

“They would just kind of lie there, I think, to­tally trau­ma­tized — their bod­ies in shock from the ex­pe­ri­ence,” Wight said.

By Mon­day morn­ing, how­ever, the trio were show­ing signs of im­proved health, de­spite some res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems for the small­est, weigh­ing only two pounds. Wight said she’s re­ceived a stream of adop­tion in­quiries since the cats’ story gained pub­lic at­ten­tion, but it will be at least a week be­fore the cats are healthy enough for a new home.

She said the three were found in the snow with­out any tracks nearby, lead­ing Wight to be­lieve they were thrown from a ve­hi­cle on the quiet road, where res­i­dences are widely spread out. Wight said a po­lice re­port has been filed into the case of what she calls a “bla­tant act of an­i­mal cru­elty and aban­don­ment.”

Based on their friendly be­hav­iour, she be­lieves the an­i­mals were house cats. Since found­ing the Deer Lake Kitty Res­cue in 2015, Wight said she and her small group of vol­un­teers have res­cued more than 250 an­i­mals.

The three cats will even­tu­ally be adopted through the NL West SPCA in Cor­ner Brook.

Wight said if the truck driver hadn’t spot­ted them, the cats could have been cov­ered in snow by a pass­ing snow plow.

TANYA WIGHT/VIA THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Kit­tens are re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing res­cued from the snow be­side a west­ern New­found­land high­way on Sun­day.

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