"On Jan. 24, the Wisconsin Humane Society got a call about a cat in trouble. She had hidden herself under the hood of a car and was found with a collar, no tag, mangled in the engine of the car.
Her rescuers rushed her to Hartford Animal Clinic with a nearly-severed leg, a broken jaw and many other injuries. They called her Valentina for her valor, but her courage wasn't enough to save her. On Sunday, she died.
The society asks people to follow two simple suggestions to prevent this kind of tragedy again.
First, keep your cats inside during cold weather so they don't seek out shelter under the hood.
Secondly, make sure there are no creatures snuggling up to your car engine. Honk your horn or slap the hood of your car before you start it to scare off stowaways."
I will make a special effort from now on to pound on the car hood before starting my vehicle in the cold weather. While I don't own cats, but there are several feral cats in my neighborhood and I'd hate for them to end up with the same fate as the cat in this story.