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SUMMIT COUNTY – It may be a dog-eat-cat world out there, but Angelo the kitten is on the mend – thanks to some local cat lovers who rallied in his support.

The 5-month-old feline was rescued from a large dog’s mouth about three weeks ago. Shelter employees named him Angelo because they believe an angel was looking out for the kitten, said Lesley Craig, Summit County’s lead animal control officer.

Angelo sustained multiple injuries from the dog attack, including a large hernia and a torn abdominal wall. He also was born with a defect that left him with an almost non-existent right eye and no upper eyelid on his left eye.



Many veterinarians would have recommended Angelo be euthanized, Craig said, for the cost of his surgeries were prohibitive. But Angelo has a particularly endearing personality, and shelter employees decided to proceed with the surgeries, regardless of the cost.

“He is the sweetest kitten,” she said.



In an effort to save the kitten’s good eye, Craig took Angelo to a specialist – Veterinary Referral Center in Englewood – two weeks ago for eye surgery.

“They’re incredible,” Craig said. “They actually grafted his lower eyelid from his bad eye onto his good eye to make a top eyelid. It’s opened his eye up really well, and … it looks like the graft is going to take. They did a great job.”

Craig is caring for Angelo at her home while he recuperates. Doctors removed the stitches from his eyes Monday.

“It’s still got some healing to go,” she said. “It’s still really red and swollen, but it looks like it’s going to be a success.”

Since Angelo’s rescue, the shelter has received $1,450 in donations toward the surgeries, which totalled almost $2,000, Craig said.

Craig is grateful to the donors who showed their support for Angelo and the shelter, she said, adding that employees at the Borders Books cafe in Dillon donated $520 in tips, and employees at the Silverthorne Town Hall and police station contributed $300 in donations. Employees at Ristorante Ti Amo in Frisco and those at Arapahoe Basin each sent in $100.

“It’s restored my faith in this county,” Craig said. The shelter would have had difficulty paying for Angelo’s (and similar) surgeries without local support, she said.

Angelo is scheduled for a final checkup with eye specialists in another month.

Shelter employees have yet to decide when Angelo will be ready for adoption, but already they have four applications to adopt the kitten.

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Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

lsnyder@summitdaily.com.


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