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Donations pay for burned cat's medical expenses

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Donations have helped pay for medical expenses for a cat severely burned in a house fire in Raleigh earlier this month.

The fire happened Jan. 12 at a home on Keith Drive in Raleigh.

The fire left one cat and one dog dead, another cat presumed dead and one cat that was unharmed. The owner suffered burns trying to rescue her pets.

The dog was revived on scene but later died.

Russell the cat went missing after the fire and was presumed dead but returned to the house on Wednesday, Jan. 15 with second and third-degree burns over his face, ears, paw, rectum and body. He also had major injuries to his mouth and tongue.

Russell was taken to Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care in Raleigh for treatment.

The tips of Russell's ears had to be amputated, his burns were cleaned and dressed and a feeding tube was placed. He was kept heavily sedated to keep the pain under control.

The veterinarian treating Russell, Dr. Vicki Sellers, says that he's very friendly and has been purring and even opening his eyes.

Thanks to the support of many, and the incoming donations, all of Russell's medical expenses have been paid for.

For more information on Animal Emergency Hospital and Urgent Care and to check on Russell's progress, click here.

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