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Injured cat finds forever home with Smithfield family

A cat that suffered apparent chemical burns has found a forever home in Smithfield. (WJAR) 

A cat that suffered apparent chemical burns has found a forever home in Smithfield.

“She's one big ball of love,” said Diane Geisel, who recently adopted her.

Geisel knew she wanted to adopt the black and white cat named Winky the moment she saw her on NBC 10 News two weeks ago.

“She's mine. There's no doubt in my mind. No doubt in my mind that kitten is going to come and live here with me,” Geisel said.

Earlier this month, an animal control officer brought Winky to the South Kingstown Animal Shelter after she suffered what appeared to be chemical burns. It's unclear how the injuries occurred, but Winky's left eye was so badly damaged it had to be removed.

“The eye had become too small for her socket and it wasn't going to get better,” said AnnMarie Biegner, who is the animal shelter manager at the South Kingstown Animal Shelter.

Geisel and her husband recently had to put down their cat, Ebony, and couldn't bear the thought of having another pet.

“It's always so hard to say goodbye that we said, "That's it.' We're not going to do this anymore,’” she said.

But after hearing Winky's story, they had a change of heart.

Winky's hair is now starting to grow back in some spots. The apparent chemical burns caused her to lose her eyelashes and some of her fur, but not her playful spirit.

“That's what I keep telling everybody -- I just adopted a little ball of love,” Geisel said.

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