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August 26, 2013

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Fifteen hours later, Maxine returned home.

“My neighbor found her walking in the middle of the street looking dazed and traumatized,” said Janice Williams.

Since Maxine made it up the stairs on her own, Janice Williams thought the damage to her might not be that severe. But a closer inspection revealed that was not the case, and she and her husband took the cat to Salisbury’s Bassler Veterinary Hospital first thing the next morning.

“She came in dehydrated, septic and in shock,” Dr. Heidi Bassler said. “On one side, there were a few punctures; on the other side, there was severe bruising. She was basically skinned alive. The skin was completely detached along the entire trunk. She had already been injured for a good day. We stabilized her, and that night, we went into surgery. One of the bites had perforated the abdomen; she was getting peritonitis. We were in surgery for a couple of hours with her. But she is in recovery. She’s come a long way.”

The Williamses took Maxine home the following day, and she has been in and out of the vet’s ever since.

“She still has her draining tubes in her side,” said Janice Williams. “The bottom of her belly is still sutured. She had a little chunk of the back of her tail missing.”

Also with a broken rib, the traumatized cat is still not eating.

“When a door opens, she gets that fearful look on her face,” she said. “(Hefty) is afraid to come into my house when he used to love to come in, because he is afraid to leave now. But (Maxine) is on the mend. She is a very, very tough cat. She sort of adopted us. She ended up on our steps one day, two years ago.”

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