Good Samaritan helps two kittens burned in homeless encampment

On Monday afternoon, a good Samaritan brought in two burned kittens to the Rainier Veterinary Hospital.

The kittens were injured in Monday's fire at The Jungle, the homeless area in Seattle.

The Jungle has been a problem for more than 25 years. It has been the site of multiple homicides and fires, and some city officials will not enter without a police escort.

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The kittens were found with skin burns and corneal ulcers, and their noses and ear tips are burned.

"The positive news is that they are responding well to pain medication and are eating and drinking -- very good signs," the Rainier Veterinary Hospital said in a Facebook post. "Plus, the kittens seem to be breathing normally, and their lungs sound OK.

“Soon, we will be taking X-rays to see if the kittens’ lungs sustained any damage from the smoke inhalation. Our focus is to minimize the pain of the kittens while keeping the medical bill as low as possible for the Good Samaritan who is paying for all of it.”

These poor little kittens! They were found badly burned after a fire in Seattle's homeless area under I-5 known as The Jungle. Their paws are so badly burned they can't stand on them. The vet says all they can do is help manage pain. Personally I think the humane thing to do is euthanize them, but I know not everyone will agree. What do you think? And let me be clear, I hope these kittens can and will make a speedy recovery! I just believe with animals at some point to stop animals from devestating pain, euthanizing them is the best option. I was very sad when my childhood dog was put down because of breast cancer, but I think my parents made the right call.

Posted by John Knicely on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Staff wrote that the kittens were stable.

The hospital wrote an update Tuesday, saying that most of the damage the kittens have is on their ears, eyes, nose, paw pads and the tips of their tails.

"Both have one paw that has swollen to twice its size -- very painful,"  the hospital said. "We will soon begin soaking their paws with warm water and Epsom salts to help with the swelling. Good news: The kittens both seem to like their feet in the water."

People who want to support the Rainier Veterinary Hospital can reach it through its website.

The hospital posted a video of the kittens playing and their story. It can be watched below.