Rescue Puppy Saves Two-Day-Old Kitten from Being Eaten Alive

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Rescue puppy Opie was outside of his home with his (human) mom when he heard the mewling of a two-day-old kitten.  He was under a log, having been abandoned by his mother, and was being eaten alive by maggots.  He was rescued and named Roscoe, and now he and Opie are best friends.

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“My puppy Opie found him in the field behind our apartment building. He was stuck under a log and covered in maggots. Opie refused to leave him, and before you knew it we had a kitten,” explained Imgur user LiaLiaBoBiaBananaFannaFoFiaMeMiMoMiaLIA.  (I’m going to go out on a limb here and say her name is Lia.)

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He was given a bath and brought to an emergency vet to be treated.  Then he was taken back to his new home, where he recovered and began developing like a normal kitten.  He had to be fed with a syringe, and kept warm in his nesting box.  He loved being cuddled after feedings.  At 10 days old, he opened one eye, and had the other open a few days later.

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Soon he was spending less time in his nesting box and more time outside of it, playing with his toys.  Like every other youngster, he quickly mastered escaping from his playpen.  And he became fast friends with his rescuer.

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Roscoe and Opie spend lots of time cuddling and playing.  Roscoe has made some other friends too, but his favorite will always be Opie.


  1. Anonymous says on  08/03/2014 at 11:07 pm

    Good dog

  2. Anonymous says on  08/04/2014 at 12:28 am

    Really, may whatever powers that be, whether God or karma or luck, reward you in this life for your kindness.

  3. Anonymous says on  08/04/2014 at 4:31 am

    what a wonderful story.

  4. Anonymous says on  08/04/2014 at 9:23 am

    Great story. One minor thing, maggots only consume DEAD flesh, not healthy tissue. Before antibiotics and micro surgery, maggots were used medical personnel to get rid of dead/unhealthy tissue around wounds/burns to minimize gangrene and other infections. So the maggots were probably from another nearby source that happened to be with this kitty, possibly a sibling or parent that didn’t survive whatever happened to them. That kitten sure didn’t get under that log by itself.

    GOOD DOG!!!

    • Melanie says on  08/08/2014 at 4:32 pm

      I did my research… the larvae of some flies – like blowflies, botflies, and screwflies – DO consume healthy, living tissue. This is known as myiasis. =)

    • kathy says on  08/11/2014 at 5:06 pm

      Finally the voice of reason! maggots were used for debriding long before there were scalpels. It is disgusting and the glutted maggots just drop off and sound a bit like ripe fruit falling but they can be used again until they have gone through several molts and are ready to become flies. It is the ultimate in recycling.

    • Anonymous says on  08/11/2014 at 10:21 pm good dog, however…but maggots were probably, therefor, saving this puppy from dying!!

  5. jerry says on  08/04/2014 at 10:10 am

    I like good news……thank you for sharing

  6. Anonymous says on  08/04/2014 at 11:19 am

    Now that is an epic story, :)

  7. Anonymous says on  08/04/2014 at 1:58 pm

    Great story………………animals are awesome, humans could use a lesson

  8. Anonymous says on  08/04/2014 at 10:11 pm

    After reading the story of the mother in the Pacific Northwest that killed her two year old daughter and tried to kill her 13 year old daughter, I really needed a wonderful, heartwarming story like this. Thank you so much!

  9. Chelsie Olson says on  08/05/2014 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! How beautiful and heart warming. Animals are simply amazing and this is what life is all about. The happiness that we get from selfless animals and their unconditional love is the best! I’m so thankful he found the poor kitten and turned the situation into a miracle. :) Hats off for you and your beautiful family!

  10. Rose says on  08/05/2014 at 7:54 pm


  11. kathy says on  08/11/2014 at 5:11 pm

    Melanie how did you get all those degrees with out somewhere learning that maggots do not eat live flesh and were just doing the job of debriding the wound which had to be done in any case for it to heal.

  12. Anonymous says on  08/13/2014 at 1:22 am

    In one of the pictures you can see the cord still attached to the kitten. Perhaps that is where the maggots were located ….

  13. Jasmine says on  04/27/2015 at 11:46 pm

    Me and my sister thought is was breathtaking and sad we are glad opie was there to the rescue. Hope he lives or lived a happy life.

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