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Cat found with apparent chemical burns in Clifton Park improving, officials say

Cat found with apparent chemical burns in Clifton Park improving, officials say

Saratoga County Animal Shelter reports cat no longer needs pain medication
Cat found with apparent chemical burns in Clifton Park improving, officials say
Soldier the cat.
Photographer: Photo provided by New York State Police

Soldier, the male cat brought to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter late last week with severe burns on his face, is reportedly doing well according to a press release issued by the county on Tuesday afternoon. 

Soldier was brought to the shelter on Thursday, July 11, after being found in Clifton Park with what are assumed to be chemical burns on his face.

"Since beginning treatment for severe injuries to the face and neck, Soldier’s condition has improved tremendously. The County Animal Shelter is proud to announce he is no longer in need of pain medication. A special thanks goes out to Dr. Wallingford and the Adirondack Vet Hospital for providing special antibiotics that Soldier required for a full recovery," read a statement from the county.

State police continue to ask for the public's help as it continues its investigation into Soldier's injuries. 

According to police, he was taken to Saratoga County Animal Shelter and was "receiving the best care possible," shelter officials wrote on Facebook over the weekend.

The investigation began Friday after animal control officers contacted state police. Soldier had been found abandoned in a crate on Hollandale Lane in Clifton Park and brought to the shelter for treatment of apparent chemical burns.

The shelter provided further information on Facebook, writing that Soldier and the crate were found on a lawn at an apartment complex.

Upon examination, shelter workers concluded the injuries occurred within a day or two of the cat being found, state police said.

Soldier is described as a neutered male domestic short hair. He is a dark gray tiger cat with a white chest and front paw, the shelter said.

Police did not have an update on their investigation as of Tuesday afternoon.

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