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Abandoned cat found “miracle on 110th Street”

December 26, 2010

Troy police released this photo of a sealed box in which a woman and her dog found a trapped kitten Thursday in an alley in Troy. Police are seeking information about the incident. (Courtesy Troy Police Department)

From Fox23
Reported by Talia Kaplan

A woman from Lansingburgh helped rescue a kitten left out in the trash. Police are calling it a holiday miracle. They say the incident is considered animal cruelty and that is something they take very seriously. In some ways police say it is the same as those crimes involving other helpless victims like children or the elderly.

The abandoned cat was left out in a cardboard box in an alley between 109th/110th Streets, Third and Fourth Avenue, to be collected as trash. Luckily, he was found by a good samaritan when she was walking her dog Phoebe.

Melissa Lombardo said she heard some noises and thanks to Phoebe’s sniffing she discovered the kitten. “I was shocked and sad. I felt bad for the cat. It was obviously scared. It was crying,” Lombardo said.

Lombardo called police right away who then brought the cat to the Troy Veterinary Hospital where he was appropriately named “Jack in the Box.”

“Considering what he has been through he came in a really good condition and he’s doing really good now,” Dr. Laura Engel, A vet at The Troy Veterinary Hospital, said.

Even though veterinarians expect “Jack in the Box” to make a full recovery police said things could have panned out a lot differently.

“The future of this cat absent the resident actually taking the time and finding the cat in the garbage, was either exposure if it would have taken a day or two for the trash to be picked up it wouldn’t have survived that long in the cold  weather or the most unfortunate result would have been through the refuse collection process it would have been subject to some sort of distress trash compacting that would have been done by refuse collectors,” Captain John Cooney, Troy Police Department, said.

If you know anything about this particular incident of animal cruelty you are encouraged to call Troy Police at (518) 270-4430.

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Troy Police are taking this very seriously and will be conducting a thorough criminal investigation.

“It’s just a horrible crime, it’s cruel and inhumane. Every step that we can take including a door to door canvassing of  the neighborhood and probably a search of the garbage in the pile will be done in order to get some resolution to the crime that occurred here. It’s certainly a criminal investigation. The Cruelty Animal Statue which covers this type of incident is a misdemeanor but, this is going to get a little extra look. The box the cat was found in has been secured as evidence and it’s been checked for trace evidence. We’ll go as far as fingerprints, DNA evidence on the box,” Captain Cooney said.

Captain Cooney said he is thrilled, especially this time of year to see such a positive outcome. “I guess there are a lot of ways we can call this the miracle on 110th Street,” Captain Cooney said.

Melissa said she is thrilled too. “We were definitely at the right place at the right time. Phoebe is excited to be a hero,” Lombardo said.

Phoebe, “the hero,” is a foster dog and desperately needs a forever home.

Lombardo said, Phoebe, like “Jack in the Box”, was found abandoned, alone, and scared. She was also underweight and had open sores on her legs. Lombardo said Phoebe has really come a long way in a short amount of time.

Lombardo actually volunteers with, Rottie Empire Rescue, and said the rescue has taken great care of her, gotten her to the vet and will soon have her spayed.

The rescue is always in need of donations and for more information visit:

Police said if you have a pet you just can’t take care of, all you have to do is contact animal control and turn it over to them. They accept all animals.

If you know anything about this particular incident of animal cruelty you are encouraged to call Troy Police at (518) 270-4430.

The veterinary hospital is seeking a home for the cat. For more information call (518) 279-4668.


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    December 27, 2010 4:57 am

    looking for a miracle for 2011
    instead of a hell
    can our planet evolve into
    an animal heaven


  2. Donna E. Ploss permalink
    February 10, 2011 6:33 am

    Thank GOD this had a happy ending. I’m so glad “Jack” will be okay and I hope he’ll get a wonderful, forever home!!! One way to trace the box is the bar code on it. It’ll tell you alot!!!

    Have a wonderful life, Jack!!!



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