HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A lucky cat didn't get to keep one of its legs, but still has nine of its lives after Good Samaritans found him in Chinatown.
The cat, named "Pecan," was brought to the Hawaiian Humane Society the night of Feb. 6. He's believed to be about six months old, and was wearing a string ribbon around his neck. He also had a severe injury to his left rear leg.
Veterinarians believe Pecan may have crawled into the engine compartment of a vehicle, and was injured when someone started the motor.
"It looked like he had sustained injuries from inside a vehicle, like a fan belt or something, because he was just covered with grease and dirt, and on his left leg, he was sheared right into his knee," said Dr. Shanna Dean, a veterinarian at The Cat Clinic.
Dean had hoped to save the leg, but it became infected and had to be amputated Tuesday. Even so, Pecan is otherwise healthy and is a very friendly feline.
The Humane Society recently sustained budget cuts that forced it to cut back on its services. "It was at night, so it was past the time that our investigators are actually out on the road, so we're really grateful that they were able to bring it to us," said Christina Kam of the Humane Society.
Pecan still requires a few weeks to heal but is expected to make a full recovery. He will be under foster care, and then will likely be put up for adoption.