Facebook fans and animal lovers all generously pitched in to help Rocky A. Alexander raise the needed funds for Lucky's lifesaving surgery.
Gary L. Foster of Richmond, Ky. was charged with animal cruelty on Friday evening for the alleged beating of a three-month-old kitten now named Lucky. According to Deputy Willard Reardon of the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Foster has been charged with torturing a cat. The kitten underwent four hours of surgery to repair his injured front legs on Friday and continues to improve.
According to witnesses, last week Foster, 32 slammed the defenseless kitten against a wall, hit his legs with a golf club, and left him to die. The kitten's rescuer Rocky A. Alexander instantly fell in love with the tiny bundle of cuteness and reached out to friends and animal lovers on his Facebook page to help raise the necessary funds for Lucky's lifesaving surgery.
Lucky's supporters came through for him, and the kitten's prognosis is good. On Friday, the Barnes Mill Animal Hospital where Lucky is being treated posted on their Facebook page:
Facebook/Barnes Mill Road Veterinary Hospital
"Lucky had surgery today, and it was a success! Plenty has been raised and no more donations are needed. Thank you everyone who took their time to help in this; everyone came together and really did something wonderful!Thank you everyone!"
According to the Richmond Register, Foster's first court appearance with be on September 24 at the Madison County Hall of Justice commencing at 9:00 a.m.
A Facebook page entitled "Lucky"-The Broken Kitten will be following his progress and will be promoting the fight against animal cruelty and abuse. Both Rocky Alan Alexander and his fiance Danielle Pietromonaco look forward to having Lucky home, but will be returning to the Barnes Mill Animal Hospital for the kitten's continuing care and treatment.
For the last five-years, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has ranked Kentucky as one of the worst states to procure animal cruelty case convictions with the weakest laws of any state in the nation. BY: CHERYL HANNA
"I think it's ludicrous for Kentucky to be ranked so low for animal protection when they are the home of the Kentucky Derby and the most prestigious race of the world. How can the state not feel the embarrassment when animals are tortured and hurt and the tormentors walk away with a slap on the wrist? I hope this new group in the name of an innocent kitten named Lucky bring luck to thousands of animals in Kentucky who demand justice," stated Christina Campello, East Brunswick, N.J.
Best of luck little Lucky!