Nearly two months after a disturbing video surfaced showing a man scalding a cat with boiling water, that same cat has found a happy new home.
A video posted on Facebook in early February showed a man coaxing a cat toward him before pouring a pot of boiling water on the animal. The footage sparked nationwide outrage as it spread across social media, prompting a police investigation.
Eighteen-year-old Leon Teague, of South Martin Luther King Drive, was charged with one felony count of animal torture and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. It's not clear if Teague has hired an attorney.
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The cat was found, thanks to a rescue effort organized by two Chicago women, and taken to Felines & Canines animal shelter in Edgewater.
Now, the cat, named Driver, has been adopted after more than a month rehabilitating from his injuries, according to the shelter's Facebook page.
Calling the incident "one of the most horrific assaults we’ve ever seen," executive director Abby Smith details the treatment Driver endured.
According to Smith, Driver suffered third-degree burns and subsequent infections, requiring two weeks of hospitalization in the ICU, laser therapy, wound cleaning three times a day and more.
After a diligent screening process, the shelter was "over-the-moon" to announce Driver's adoption this week, Smith said. With three sisters to play with, Driver's new home has "the most gentle, loving family where Driver will know nothing but kindness, love, and napping in the sunbeams for the rest of his life," according to Smith.
The shelter also established "Driver's Fund" to help rescue and care for animals suffering from extreme injury or illness.