A firefighter who lives in the Northeast has adopted a cat that was set on fire in Olney Nov. 10.
Lt. Stephen Paslawski of Castor Gardens last week adopted the cat, according to Pennsylvania SPCA spokeswoman Linda Torelli.
The cat’s name is Campbell.
“Steve was one of the first people to get in touch with us about the possibility of adopting Campbell,” said Lisa Germanis, the PSPCA’s lead shelter and forensic veterinarian. “He’s the perfect adopter to help Campbell move past the trauma he experienced.”
“When I saw the story about Campbell, I was disgusted that anyone could do this to any animal,” said Paslawski. “I had recently put another cat I had down due to a large tumor, and with me being a firefighter, Campbell being burned, and the loss of my other cat, it just seemed like a perfect fit. Our first meeting was amazing. After a few minutes of petting him in the cage, he put his paws up on me and climbed onto my shoulder as if to say, I choose you. I knew right then it was meant to be. He’ll have a loving home for the rest of his life.”
Paslawski is a 14-year veteran firefighter, with seven years as a lieutenant. He currently is assigned to Engine Co. 45 in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city.
Campbell will be in the PSPCA shelter hospital’s care for a few more weeks while his severe burns continue to heal. Once cleared by the PSPCA veterinary staff, Campbell will go home with Paslawski and his other cat, Tink.
The two suspects in the case, Tyrique Hall and Jose Sanchez, were charged with criminal conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and cruelty to animals. They could each face up to 10 years in jail, according to the PSPCA. ••