By Lauren Lloyd
Photo: Cindy and her kittens/People
A Los Angeles County cat is making headlines for its stunning display of motherly devotion.
Described as “dirty” and “malnourished,” the mother feline was spotted hovering over her five kittens last week by a local animal rescuer and was taken to the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. The rescuer “didn’t suspect that there was anything seriously wrong when the cat hissed as she approached,” says People. “The cat was just behaving the way mothers do.”
After inspecting the newcomers, doctors at the center discovered the mother cat had been shot in the head with a BB gun. The BB had entered through the top of her head and stopped behind her ear, the wound concealed by her matted hair.
“She had stayed with her kittens and hadn’t moved,” spokesperson Jessica Gercke told the publication. “We don’t know much, but what we do know is she stayed right there and didn’t leave her babies.”
Now named Cindy, the mother cat has been cleaned, spayed and fully examined and is recuperating well. All five kittens became available for adoption on Friday and were all adopted over the weekend.
Cindy is also looking for a home. Gercke describes the mother as “very loving” and “sweet.” Interested in adopting the committed, tough mama? Contact the center at (858) 756-4117.
But a couple questions still remain: Who shoots a mother cat in the head with a BB gun, and who is investigating this case of animal cruelty?
Read more: Laist.com