Police, PAWS Rescue Injured Cat Abandoned at I-95 Rest Stop

Police say a cat abandoned amid freezing temperatures at an Interstate 95 rest stop is in need of surgery and rehabilitation. Authorities from the Connecticut State Police and New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section on Jan. 24 responded to the rest stop after the cat was found in a travel carrier, according to a press release issued by New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro. The cat, dubbed “Highway,” was taken to an animal hospital where a veterinarian determined that the animal had suffered two broken legs and trauma to its right eye, Ferraro said in the press release. Animal Control contacted Norwalk-based PAWS—the Pet Animal Welfare Society—for medical assistance, and the nonprofit organization stepped in immediately.

SLIDESHOW, VIDEO: New Canaan Dog Days 2014

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Adam and Molly Fewster recently moved into an in-town home in New Canaan from Charlotte, N.C. with their human daughter and Charlie, a 7-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever. Out for a stroll on a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon, the family began seeing signs for the annual New Canaan Dog Days event and decided to check it out—they were glad they did, as it offered up a nice social space for the Lab to do what he likes best. “He likes laying around in the backyard, sunbathing and playing with his little sister here, that’s about it,” Adam Fewster said as dozens of dogs and people milled about a cordoned off section of Cherry Street for the popular gathering of area canines. “He likes to chill out, lay on the couch and go for walks downtown.”

Presented by Village Critter Outfitter, New Canaan’s independently owned pet shop, and co-chaired by Aetheria Relaxation Spa, New Canaan Dog Days saw Cherry cordoned off for three hours between Main and East Avenue while dog-people entered their four-legged family members in fun contests, collected giveaways such as tennis balls, received great information from local sponsors and participating businesses and all in the name of benefitting two area, animal-focused nonprofit organizations. “It’s going fantastic,” Village Critter Outfitter owner Shirleen Dubuque said during a brief break in the day.