HESPERIA • A gray tabby known as "Momma Cat" was released to her owner after being saved from a house fire, according to Suzanne Edson, supervisor of field services at the City of Hesperia's Animal Control.
Momma Cat's owner, Lasha Dalton, was elated at the reunion, which also included two of her turtles rescued from the fire. Momma Cat was released to Dalton after spending a day at the Animal Emergency Clinic, followed by the next day at the VCA Victor Valley Animal Hospital.
"It's been very traumatic and crazy. I'm just happy Momma Cat's OK and that she's back," said Dalton.
Hesperia Animal Control responded to a house fire near E and Buckthorn avenues on Sept. 30, where one of their officers found a fireman giving oxygen to Momma Cat. Due to the quick treatment from firefighters and veterinarians, Momma Cat was saved and treated for smoke inhalation, lung damage and an abrasion to her eye.
Dalton's house is now uninhabitable, and she says that it could take four to six months for her insurance company to assess her situation. Dalton is currently moving in with her daughter, while Momma Cat will stay with a neighbor in the meantime.
"Sometimes in order for change, the system has to fall apart," said Dalton. "It's been a rocky road, but I've been blessed with amazing people and a community that's willing to help out. I'm happy and grateful for that."
Hesperia Animal Control is accepting donations on behalf of Dalton and Momma Cat. Interested donors can contact Hesperia Animal Control at (760) 947-1700 or (760) 947-1705. Donations also can be sent or brought to the shelter at 11011 Santa Fe Avenue East, Hesperia, CA 92345.