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Help Pay for Injured Kitten's Surgery at SPCA

The Briarcliff Manor-based non-profit is seeking donations for a stray kitten's medical bills.

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.

Edwin Montoya June 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I do not know in how long the money for the surgery is needed but we can certainly help. I am the owner of Car Care Services at Briarcliff and we will be conducting a fundraiser along with the SPCA starting on Sunday 17th through Tuesday 19th. 10% of the revenue will be donated to the SPCA of Westchester to keep helping animals in need.
Buddy June 12, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Edwin, thank you. This is extremely generous of you.

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