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Lawrence woman comes to rescue of injured cat

03nocat - Samosa, a Nevins Farm rescue cat, rests up after receiving elbow surgery. (Handout)
MSPCA-Angell
Samosa rests after surgery on her elbow.

As she left her friend’s house for the corner store on Nov. 20 in Lawrence, Rumairie Cabrera heard a faint “meow” from under the stairs to the front door. She grabbed a flashlight and took a peek. Sure enough, a cat — now named Samosa — peered back at her.

Cabrera brought the cat — limping, underweight, and cold — into the house. She wrapped her in blankets and fed her tuna. Initially, Cabrera kept her young daughter at a distance from Samosa.

“I expected her to be scared and attack me or something,” Cabrera said. “But she was so sweet. I think she was actually grateful for the help.”

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Cabrera left the cat on the couch overnight to sleep, and in the morning she brought her to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Last week, Samosa was treated at the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston for a fracture in her elbow, which veterinarians think came from being struck by a car at least a week before Cabrera discovered her.

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Samosa, thought to be about 3 or 4 years old, is now on the mend at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm in Methuen. Meaghan O’Leary, the shelter’s manager, said she’s doing well, but will probably need a couple weeks to heal in a shelter-approved foster home before being put up for adoption.

But when the time comes, O’Leary thinks Samosa would be a good fit for most homes. She’s young, social, and once this injury heals, O’Leary said, it’s unlikely she’ll need further medical attention anytime soon.

“I spent some time with her yesterday, and she’s as nice as everyone describes her,” O’Leary said. “She tolerates getting her pain medication, and she just craves attention.”

Laura Elyse King can be reached at laura.king@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @lauraelyseking.