A cat tossed out of a car window like an empty hamburger wrapper is bandaged up and on the mend thanks to a Good Samaritan and a police officer who came to the rescue. It didn't hurt that the police officer's dad happens to be a veterinarian.
The cat got out of surgery on Monday afternoon at Gehrman Animal Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, but police are now focused on finding the person who did it.
This Saturday around 12 p.m., police said someone threw her out the window of a moving blue van heading southbound on Rice Street in Roseville just in front of Setzer Pharmacy and Gifts. She suffered three broken bones in her rear right leg, several cracked teeth, and skin was ripped off her paws and tail.
Despite the traffic, witnesses say 65-year-old Linda Breeze rescued the cat. Officer Jason Gehrman rushed the cat to the U of M Veterinary Medical Center in St. Paul, but beyond stabilizing her, the center couldn't offer long-term care because the cat has no owner. Euthanasia was the only option they had without someone to care for the cat.
Officer Gehrman decided to call in a favor to his dad, the owner of Gehrman Animal Hospital in Minnetonka.
"My son had given thought to becoming a veterinarian at one time. He loves animals," Dr. Bob Gehrman said.
For the past few days, Dr. Gehrman and his staff cared for the cat, and after nearly two hours of surgery Monday, she's on her way to recovery, and Officer Gehrman is looking to adopt.
Police said this is a felony level animal cruelty case but still do not have any suspects and are looking for the blue van involved. Anyone with information is urged to call Roseville Police.