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Man rescues kitten glued to the road

An Oregon driver made a disturbing discovery when he found a kitten glued to the middle of a busy intersection.

Chuck Hawley, who discovered the cat glued to the road, was driving to work recently when he saw something in the middle of the road and several cars pass right over it.

"This was 7 in the morning, so there's a lot of cars coming down here, and just the fact she wasn't hit was amazing," Hawley said.

He said his heart sank when he realized it was alive.

Hawley said the kitten was frightened and cold. 

"When I went to pick her up, her feet were stuck to the road, and I'm like uh-oh. So I start to pull her feet up and it was like a rubber cement, so she was glued to the road," Hawley said.

The glue was on all four paws, under her neck and it covered her tail. 

"We were hoping that she had just walked through glue, but it was pretty apparent that somebody had glued -- had soaked her feet in glue and kind of rubbed it into the pads of her feet. I think the way she was sitting someone actually went out and put her there, because there were no glue footprints around, it was just a glob of glue just under her." Hawley said.

Hawley said he took the kitten, which is only five weeks old, to an animal clinic, where veterinarians used mineral oil to get the glue out.  

Puncture wounds were found on her neck, but it's unknown what caused the wounds.

Dr. Jenny Bate, of Silver Creek Animal Clinic, said there's no doubt in her mind that this was not an accident.

"I mean, what can you think when something like that happens? I mean, your first reaction is disgust, and then thinking what could cause a person to do something like that," Dr. Bate said.

"It had to happen intentionally. I mean somebody put that glue there, I don't know how or why or anything, but yeah, I mean, somebody did that."

It's unknown how long the kitten was left in the road and Bates said it's incredible that the kitten wasn't run over in the road.

The kitten has fully recovered and Hawley said he plans to keep her.

"The funny thing is we were just talking about getting a cat a couple of nights ago. Seems like there's easier ways for the cat to find us, but if that's how we're doing it, OK, I guess that's how we'll do it," Hawley said.

Her new name.

"My wife named her sticky."


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