A cat that was beaten by a gang of school kids at a playground in New Jersey has died despite a teen’s efforts to nurse it back to health.
Police say the cat, named Quattro, was attacked by multiple children who were 10 years old or younger. The incident occurred near a Paterson playground and the kids used rocks, bricks, and sticks to attack the poor feline.
Quattro suffered a fractured skull and broken leg. One of his eyes was injured beyond repair.
Quattro likely would have died that day if not for two teen brothers who chased the kids away and attempted to care for the cat.
One of the teens said “my brother told me they were hitting the cat, and I went over there and the cat was on the floor and couldn’t breathe. He was still throwing bricks on his head and I pushed him out of the way.”
For the next two days, the boy attempted to nurse the injured cat back to health. A teacher found out and contacted Renee Olah, the founder of Chance at Life Cat Rescue in New Jersey.
Olah said “when I got the call, I didn’t know what to expect. Of course, when I saw him, it was something I’ll never forget.”
Olah took the cat to a hospital to have surgery. After several days of hope, Quattro couldn’t make it and passed away from his injuries.
SPCA agent Luis Vasquez said “it is disturbing to see what this animal went through.”
A spokesperson for Paterson schools said “the principal has met with the students’ parents, and the students received a five-day suspension. Upon their return to school, they will receive counseling.”
Olah and Paterson police want to honor the teen that saved Quattro’s life. Olah said the kids responsible “are a horrific part of the story, but there’s also a hero. And I want to get that out so kids his age, or any age for that matter, know what to do.”