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(Photo: KXRM)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Members of the Colorado Springs community have come together to help support a kitten who was rescued from the home of a man accused of torturing another cat.

Stewie was taken from Robert Heckmann‘s home last month, reported KXRM-TV. Heckmann, 25, is accused of videotaping himself tortouring and killing Stewie’s brother.

He faces a Class 6 felony charge of cruelty to animals.

In a video obtained by the Pueblo Animal Services Animal Law Enforcement, Heckmann can be seen trying to drown and then eventually strangling Loki, a 12-week-old orange kitten, said Gretchen Pressley of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region and Pueblo Animal Services.

(Photo: KXRM)

(Photo: KXRM)

Stewie is at an animal shelter. Veterinarians have determined that he needs a $2,000 surgery to correct a problem with Stewie’s esophagus.

The surgery costs about $2,000. So far through the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region said its donation page has raised more than $3,000 for the surgery.

Any leftover money will go into HSPPR’s Surgery Center fund to help other animals.


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