Texas 10-year-old Greenlee Marie called her family's pet kittens “her babies” and would do anything to protect them, according to her mother.
Mom Shelby Roos told KSLA that her child was compassionate and had a love of all animals.
So when Greenlee's kittens became stuck behind a dryer in the family's New Boston home on Saturday, she was determined to rescue them.
Sadly, the act of kindness would cost her life.
The child's family wrote on GoFundMe that she passed away in a “traumatizing accident” while trying to save the cats over the weekend.
According to police, the child had climbed behind the dryer when she may have touched faulty wiring and was electrocuted. The GoFundMe read:
She was trying to rescue two kittens from behind her family’s dryer when she was tragically taken from this world. At just 10 years of age, she had such a compassionate heart, not just for people but for orphaned and injured animals as well.
New Boston police chief Gary McGrary said that the home, which the family had rented for about 15 months, previously had electrical issues.
But for now, it's too “too early right now to start placing blame and responsibility.”
It also appears that the kittens she was attempting to rescue also died. The mother told KSLA that Greenlee is “up there right now with all of her babies.”
The family's GoFundMe reads:
At just 10 years of age, she had such a compassionate heart, not just for people but for orphaned and injured animals as well.
Greenlee's mother wrote on Facebook that she was a “light in this world.”
Her parents now plan to set up a donation fund for orphaned animals in her name, the mom said.
Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the electrocution and are still awaiting the results of the child's autopsy.
But for now, her parents continue to mourn the loss of their precious daughter. The mom told parents on Facebook to “hug all your babies tight because tomorrow is truly never promised.”