Animals are at the compassion of the humans around them, for better or worse.
And sadly, sometimes those people turn out to be sadistic ogres who enjoy terrorizing helpless beasts. Over the Fourth of July weekend back in 2016, a feline was brought into the Humane Society of Cowlitz County in Washington. What veterinarians believe happened to her is equally cruel and heartbreaking.
Found dumped in a slough, the feline had smolders all over the inside of her mouth, including on her tongue.
At the time, Cinderella was expected to make a full recuperation, though she was transferred to the Oregon Humane Society because of its full service vet clinic and more adequate personnel. More on this story below.