Lawrence resident Lori Bogner is the new owner of a three-legged, 4-month-old kitten named Tripod.
Bogner and her friend came to the rescue of the kitten Monday evening in the Wal-Mart parking lot, after it had been injured tangling with a car engine.
"My friend Lee (Banzet) and I were there just picking up some things we needed," Bogner said.
"I looked at the kitten to just shoo it out of the parking lot, because it didn't need to be there."
After noticing that the flesh had been torn from the kitten's right front leg, Bogner and Banzet called 911 for help.
"...It was just a real split (second) decision, we didn't know what to do," Bogner said.
The two drove the kitten to the Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital, where the gray striped, short-haired kitten's leg was amputated.
"I was just joking in the car that I would keep him and call him Tripod," Bogner said. "Now, it's appropriate because they did amputate the right front leg."
Bogner assumed both the ownership and hospital bill for Tripod.
"Money didn't really matter. Let's just say that I was going to buy a bike, but I decided to take care of the cat instead," Bogner said. "I don't regret it at all."