Cat allegedly thrown into fire dies in spite of recovery efforts

Cat brought to shelter days after being severely burned
Elizabeth (Source: Darlington County Humane Society and Rescue)
Elizabeth (Source: Darlington County Humane Society and Rescue)

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A cat that was brought to the Darlington County Humane Society, allegedly after being thrown into a fire by a teenager, has died.

A Facebook post on the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue Facebook page states that Elizabeth passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

"Our hearts are just breaking over the loss of this sweet girl that we had ALL rallied around from near and far," the post states. "She was not alone when she passed as the vet was right by her side."

On Saturday, November 23, the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue posted a photo and story about a cat that was brought in to their location by her owner after being badly burned.

The owner found Elizabeth after their 13-year-old neighbor threw her in a fire, according to the Darlington County Sheriff's Office. The cat suffered for six days before she was brought in, with burns covering over 90 percent of her body, the post says, adding that she continued to purr and playfully head butt, though she was incredible pain.

Darlington County Humane Society Rescue continued to update the post, saying she was stable and being cared for in foster care. Vets continued to treat her injuries. To help cover the bills, they created a donation page for Elizabeth. Over $12,000 has been donated to the site.

She "crashed" twice on Monday, but came back, and the vet thought she would okay, the latest Facebook post states.

"Elizabeth fought a very hard battle and she was valiant and loving to the end," the post continued. The complications to her injures were simply too much for her to overcome.

The Humane Society is creating "Elizabeth's Fund" to help cover emergency medical expenses, in honor of the cat.

"We have been forced in the past to not take on all of our medical emergencies due to lack of funds," stated Susan Blakeney with the Humane Society. "While Elizabeth is no longer with us, she will continue to give the gift of life to others in need. She will not have died in vain. She will be remembered and will continue her life saving work from above."

You read the post in full on the Darlington County Humane Society Rescue's Facebook page here:

If you want to donate to Elizabeth's Fund, visit the website here:

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