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Tough “survivor cat” battles back from severe burns

After suffering severe burns, this cat is being treated at the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Midtown Manhattan.

NEW YORK – Hugh Jackman the kitten suffered burns over 40 percent of his body, including all four legs, his ears and his nose, and no one quite knows if these painful injuries came from abuse or a terrible accident.

But this much is clear: Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) rescued Hugh and took him straight to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, where he has been getting round-the-clock veterinary care for the past two weeks.

Now the public is being asked to pass along any information about how Hugh might have suffered these injuries, and also to make donations so he can continue getting the best possible care.

“It’s horrifying to see such abuse,” said ACC’s Chief Operating Officer MeLissa Webber. “We are grateful that Hugh was spotted on the street and brought to our attention.”

“He’s an extremely tough cat” added Dr. Meredith Daly, a BluePearl veterinarian who is board-certified in emergency and critical care and is helping to supervise Hugh Jackman’s care.

Daly said that in spite of Hugh’s extremely painful injuries, he enjoys his time with the BluePearl veterinarians and technicians who change his bandages daily, and he even nuzzles and cuddles them. “He’s just tough as nails and he’s such a good boy,” she added.

A Good Samaritan found Hugh Jackman on Liberty Avenue in Brooklyn and was brought to ACC, New York City’s only open-admission animal shelter.

Hugh Jackman had extensive burns on all four of his legs, as well as trauma to the bones of his feet and loss of his fur.  The tips of his ears were burned off and his chin, nose, and eyes were also badly damaged. ACC staff determined that his injuries were so severe he needed to be taken to BluePearl’s Midtown hospital.

BluePearl hospitals in New York are open 24/7 every day of the year, and employ veterinarians who have taken years of additional training and testing to become board-certified in specialties such as surgery, neurology, oncology and others.

But how did Hugh get hurt? That remains a mystery. His injuries are consistent with being burned via submersion in an extremely caustic substance,  but there is no way to know for sure without witnesses or additional information.

After Hugh Jackman came to BluePearl on March 13, he received antibiotics, pain medications, fluids and nutritional support. He has received extensive nursing care and has had his bandages changed every day to remove dead tissue and to prevent infection. He has been treated for sepsis and infection from his wounds. His injuries are “extremely painful, but are improving every day” Daly said.