Ricola, a severely injured kitten found in Briarcliff Manor, is one of the many strays that ended up in the care of the
The orange kitten was discovered by Briarcliff Manor resident and SPCA volunteer Diane Balicki, who saw Ricola under a bush while walking her dog—who she adopted from the SPCA.
"The tiny female appeared to be in great pain, so Diane rushed the animal to the SPCA's Simpson Clinic, where she underwent emergency surgery," according to a press release from the organization.
Shannon Laukhuf, the SPCA of Westchester's executive director, stated, "Our vet determined that Ricola, as we've named this brave little girl, required an operation to repair a traumatic hernia, most likely the result of being hit by a car."
In addition, one of Ricola's legs suffered a humeral fracture and requires orphopedic sugery—a costly operation.
Laukhuf said there has been a "marked increase" in the amount of severely injured stray animals making their way to the SPCA, many of them young like Ricola.
"Animals with injuries such as Ricola's need to see veterinary specialists who are able to handle more complicated cases," according to the press release. "The SPCA has received a generous donation to assist with Ricola's care, but with surgery, x-rays, medicine and recuperation, Ricola's veterinary bills will likely top $2,700."
To find out how you can help Ricola, visit www.spca914.org.