Cleveland Cat Raises Week-Old Pit Bull

By: AP/CBS (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP/CBS (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
This photo released by the Cleveland Animal Protective League shows Lurleen, the nursing mother and Noland the puppy snuggling up on June 19, 2013, in Cleveland. Lurleen already is caring for four newborn kittens and now is nursing the orphaned week-old pit bull puppy in Cleveland. / AP Photo/Cleveland Animal Protective League

This photo released by the Cleveland Animal Protective League shows Lurleen, the nursing mother and Noland the puppy snuggling up on June 19, 2013, in Cleveland. Lurleen already is caring for four newborn kittens and now is nursing the orphaned week-old pit bull puppy in Cleveland. / AP Photo/Cleveland Animal Protective League

CLEVELAND (AP/CBS) A cat has adopted an orphaned pit bull puppy and is raising it as one of her own.

Sharon Harvey of the Cleveland Animal Protective League said Wednesday that Lurlene the cat welcomed Noland the puppy to her "unusual little family." The puppy was dropped off at the animal shelter last week when he was a day old.

Lurelene already had four other kittens -- Rivette, Espa, Zixi and Tallydab -- but had no problem taking in one more, WEWS reported. The crew spends about nine hours a day togehter.

"Lurlene loves him," Harvey said to WEWS. "It's so adorable."

The staff decided to place Noland with the nursing cat and her litter because bottle feeding doesn't always work. He is getting supplemental milk with bottles since he is a bit bigger than his siblings.

"Noland is going to be with us for quite awhile," said Harvey. "We need to be really sure with him. We've got to focus on giving him the care he needs right now."

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