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Tarpon Springs cat impaled on rebar

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"Rebob" is recovering after he was impaled on a piece of rebar. Photo courtesy Suncoast Animal League Facebook page "Rebob" is recovering after he was impaled on a piece of rebar. Photo courtesy Suncoast Animal League Facebook page
CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) - A feral cat who was rescued after he became impaled on a piece of rebar is on the road to recovery, thanks to his rescuer and a Clearwater veterinary clinic.

Rick Chaboudy, with the Suncoast Animal League, responded to an emergency call about the cat in Tarpon Springs on May 23.

Chaboudy said it appeared the cat tried to leap from a raised pool deck to a 6-foot fence, but misjudged the leap and wound up impaling himself on a 4-foot-long piece of rebar sticking out of the ground.

The cat slid down the entire length of the rebar and was laying on the ground when Chaboudy arrived.

"He tried to bolt at first but to no avail. I then placed a net over the re-bar and slid it over top of the the kitty so he couldn't escape should something happen. He hissed and swatted until I placed my bite gloves over his head and this seemed to calm him," Chaboudy wrote in a Suncoast Animal League newsletter.

Chaboudy could not pull the rebar out of the ground, so he wound up cutting the rebar and taking the cat, who was still impaled by the rebar, to the Enterprise Road Animal Hospital.

"It was quite a sight, I must say," said Joanne Selltitz, who is the office manager at the animal hospital.

Dr. Carlos Pola sedated the cat and removed the rebar. However, a lot of skin was torn off his leg.

The cat has been at the clinic ever since and it looks like he'll be there a while longer. Dr. Pola says he has a lot of healing to do.

Selltitz told WFLA.com they are working to stretch his skin to cover his thigh, which is still exposed.

"He's doing very well," said Selltitz who added that the feral cat has a bit of an attitude and lunges at staff members when they approach his cage.

"He's cranky because he's a feral," she said.

Even so, it appears as though he's won over the staff, who has affectionately named him "Rebob".

"He really is pretty. He's a beautiful kitty," said Selltitz.

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