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February 23, 2014
Salem News

Roses to Good Samaritans. We've heard a number of accounts about kind-hearted people throughout our brutal winter. Here's another unusual example that happened in Salem. A resident came upon a poor cat actually frozen to roadway slush. According to information passed our way, once carefully freed, the cat scurried on frozen paws to a nearby house in the neighborhood. But it was confirmed that it was a stray and had been around for a number of days. The gentleman who discovered the cat took it to a vet. Despite efforts to save the poor thing, the effects from exposure were too much. The cat died. "He cared enough to get involved at his own time and expense in order to attempt to save its life or in this case its suffering," a reader wrote us. "He rescued it and offered to cover all of the expenses, even though he is allergic and knew he would have to find it a home. I know he and his wife are compassionate animal lovers and were heartbroken recently at the untreatable illness in their dog. Sadly, the cat didn't make it after heroic efforts. I'm sure he was emotionally and financially impacted by this situation." Not all stories have happy endings. This one didn't. But we should appreciate the efforts of this Good Samaritan who chooses anonymity. You, sir, are a very good person.



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