Animals are at the mercy of the humans around them, for better or worse.

And sadly, sometimes those people turn out to be sadistic monsters who enjoy terrorizing helpless creatures. Over the Fourth of July weekend back in 2016, a cat was brought into the Humane Society of Cowlitz County in Washington. What veterinarians believe happened to her is equally cruel and heartbreaking.

Found dumped in a slough, the cat had burns all over the inside of her mouth, including on her tongue.

“It appears someone intentionally put a firework in her mouth,” the shelter wrote of the cat they named Cinderella.

At the time, Cinderella was expected to make a full recovery, though she was transferred to the Oregon Humane Society because of its full service vet clinic and more adequate staff. More on this story below.

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