Fuzzy, cute and playful just like a kitten should be. That's how little Bobbin is now, but just a couple days ago he was found abandoned in a parking lot and taken to the Animal Care Clinic South in Elkhart.
"He was skinny, hungry and crying," said veterinarian Sara Granberg.
Hunger was the least of Bobbin’s troubles. He was found with a thin thread tied around his neck. Veterinarians at the clinic were able to remove it.
But that’s not the end of this story.
Bobbin wasn't alone when he was found. Tied to the other end of his string was one of his siblings.
"The string mark the way it is it was probably on there for at least a couple of weeks that these two kittens were tied together and trying to survive on their own," said Granberg.
Tragically the other kitten didn’t survive, possibly dying from malnourishment or infection, eaving Bobbin tied to its body until they were found.
The unanswered question, who did this and was it an accident or intentional?
"You know some young children could have been trying to put a leash on their barn kitties and had no idea that this would happen,” said Granberg. “It may have been purely an accident, but yes there's always a chance that it was intentional."
Either way Bobbin is expected to make a full recovery and has a new home with the person from the clinic who saved his life.
Cases like Bobbin's are actually more common than you may think. And many of them are accidental.
Staff at the Animal Aid Clinic says they've see cases where pet owners put a collar or leash on a young pet not knowing the animal will grow around it without showing many signs of trouble. Sometimes in the case of a hairy pet, the problem will go unnoticed until the animal becomes ill.