Chuck Hawley made a startling discovery while on his way to work Friday morning: A kitten that was glued to the road.
Although it was still fairly dark outside, he still managed to spot a dark figure in the street. At first he thought it was a box, he said.
But as he got closer, he realized it was a tiny kitten, literally stuck in the middle of a busy Oregon road.
Hawley tried to pick her up, but couldn’t. He realized the kitten was stuck the ground with some kind of adhesive that appeared to be rubber cement.
“It was pretty apparent that someone had soaked her feet in glue and sort of rubbed it into the pads of her feet,” he told KPTV.
With no paw prints leading to the kitten, Hawley believed someone had glued the small cat to the road on purpose.
They also discovered the feline had endured additional trauma, pointing out puncture wounds on her neck.
"I mean, what can you think when something like that happens?" said Dr. Jenny Bate of the Silver Creek Animal Clinic. "Your first reaction is disgust, and then what could cause a person to do something like that?"
Bate said she expects the kitten to fully recover, and when she does, she’ll have a home waiting for her: Hawley’s.
In a twist of fate, Hawley said he was already planning on getting a cat.
“Seems like there’s easier ways for the cat to find us, but if that’s how we’re doing it, OK, I guess that’s how we’ll do it!” he said.
In addition, Hawley has already has given the kitten a name — Sticky.