Cat cruelly set ablaze finds new home with firefighter in time for the holidays

  • Campbell, who is still recovering from his severe burns, will soon be going home to live with Lieutenant Stephen Paslawski in Philadelphia

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A cat in recovery after being cruelly set ablaze in Philadelphia earlier this month has been adopted by a local firefighter.

Lieutenant Stephen Paslawski said Campbell chose him by climbing onto his shoulder almost immediately when he visited the local PSPCA shelter.

PSPCA officials said Paslawski was one of the first people to get in touch about adopting Campbell after news of the horrific attack broke.

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Campbell, who is currently in recovery after being cruelly set ablaze in Philadelphia earlier this month, poses with his new adopted owner local firefighter Stephen Paslawski

'I was disgusted that anyone could do this to any animal,' said Paslawski.

'I had recently put another cat I had down due to a large tumor, and with me being a firefighter, Campbell being burned, and the loss of my other cat, it just seemed like a perfect fit,' he said.

 

'After a few minutes of petting him in the cage, he put his paws up on me and climbed onto my shoulder as if to say, I choose you. I knew right then it was meant to be. He'll have a loving home for the rest of his life.'

Campbell will be in the PSPCA shelter hospital's care for a few more weeks due to the severity of his burns, then Pawdlawski will take him home to join his other cat, Tink.

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Campbell will be in the PSPCA shelter hospital's care for a few more weeks due to the severity of his burns

Two suspects have been charged in this case. Tyrique Hall and Jose Sanchez were charged with Conspiracy, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, and Cruelty to Animals.

They face up to ten years each in jail, reports 6ABC.

An eyewitness told the PSPCA that she saw a cat in flames running down a street in the Olney neighborhood on Sunday, November 10 and heard one of the men saying, 'I put a lot of fluid on it.'

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Hey! My kitty is "Tink" too, actually Tinker. aka: Some people are so sick & disgusting for doing that to a cat, they don't deserve to live on this planet. (Thank god they caught them!), and thank god she has a good home thanks to this wonderful firefighter.

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It never ceases to amaze me how absolutely cruel and selfish people can be. I am so glad there are laws to protect the innocent animals from this type of abuse when they are caught. These idiots deserve to be made an example of. I hope they go to jail for a long time. Next thing you will see them lighting another person on fire and laughing about that. I am happy to see this kitty in a good home and safe.

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What a beautiful kitty, there's nothing more attractive than a man that loves animals! ahah. I'm glad the people who done this have been caught, it's all too common where they aren't caught. :( Hope you both have a great life! x

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Smart cat...he knew which person would make darn sure he won't get burned again.

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My own experience with a rescue cat convinced me that rescue animals do have an understanding of what you are doing for them. And they respond strongly with love and loyalty. It's a wonderful experience for both of you.

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Always starts with animals.

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If convicted, I hope that Tyrique Hall and Jose Sanchez find a new home too........in the deepest reaches of Hell !!!

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The direct route is via a volcano.

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The sweet irony in all of this is that Campbell is going to live a more full, wonderful life than Tyrique Hall or Jose Sanchez could ever dream of. Hope they get set on fire someday.

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Lieutenant Stephen Paslawski, you have my respect.

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Nothing makes me more happy than an animal who is happy. zz!

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