Caregivers at West River Health Care Center in Milford have been striking in the presence of a newfound feline friend who has become a daily fixture on the picket lines.
“Scabby” was with caregivers last winter when their employer, HealthBridge Management, illegally locked out workers in the freezing cold. Now the loyal cat has returned to lend his support once again to those striking against HealthBridge’s unlawful implementation of deep cuts to their pay and benefits.
“He walked in the winter with us, and he’s walking with us now,” said Rosa Davila, a CNA at West River Health Care for about six years.
“We wanted to call him 1199, but that was too long,” she said. “When we started calling him Scabby, he acted like he already knew that was his name.”
Davila said she is amazed at how loyal the cat is, following her and the others up and down the sidewalk.