Soon after arriving at work Wednesday, Lynne Ticen got a call with the good news: She was the new owner of Sparkle, a 6-month-old kitten who had been burned this summer in an animal cruelty case.
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control drew Ticen's name from among 12 applicants who hoped to adopt Sparkle after hearing about how a 22-year-old Fort Wayne man had allegedly dropped the kitten into a fire pit. On Thursday, Sparkle officially became part of Ticen's family.
"I wanted her to have a good home," Ticen said. "I was very excited, I was very pleased and honored."
A woman brought Sparkle to Animal Care & Control in June with burned paws, tail and whiskers. Authorities believe Matthew Jerome, of Fort Wayne, purposely dropped Sparkle into a backyard fire pit and walked away without helping the cat. Jerome faces two felonies and a misdemeanor in the case.
Sparkle was 8 weeks old when she was burned and has spent the past few months recovering in two different foster homes, said Animal Care & Control Deputy Director Amy Jo Sites.
Animal Care & Control hosted a send-off party, complete with sheet cake, for Sparkle on Thursday. Whenever possible, the agency tries to publicize happy endings to abuse and cruelty cases, Sites said.
"With our cruelty investigations, it's a lot of times negative," Sites said. "We want to make sure we let the community know here is what else we do."