Reading, PA -  Miracle Maisy is living up to her nickname.

The young cat that was found Tuesday afternoon doused in gasoline and stuffed into a trash bag in the city was getting acclimated to her new surroundings at the Humane Veterinary Hospital in Reading on Thursday as she continues to heal from her injuries.

"Maisy is feeling great today," said veterinarian Kimya Davani. "Most of her vitals have returned to normal and she started bonding with some of our staff members. But I think she may still be a little overstimulated with all the attention she's getting."

Davani has been monitoring Maisy since she was brought to the Humane Society of Berks County by two workers from Harold Adam Refuse Removal who were collecting trash in the 500 block of North Front Street when they heard meowing coming from a bag already crushed inside the truck.

The organization is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Mary Keller, marketing manager for Humane Pennsylvania, said police are still investigating the case.

Davani said it took several staff members more than three hours to remove the gasoline from Maisy's fur.

The cat was also malnourished, experiencing severe dehydration and suffering from skin sensitivity, Davani said.

"I was awake all night Tuesday hoping that she would just get through the night," she said. "This has been one of the worst cases I've dealt with. I was in tears most of the day worrying that she would pass away."

But by the time Davani arrived at work on Wednesday, Maisy was doing better.

The results of Maisy's blood tests were mostly positive - except for some signs of liver damage. Davani said she believes the damage may have been caused by gasoline soaking through Maisy's skin, but she expected the condition of the liver to improve over time.

Davani said she will continue to monitor Maisy's progress at the hospital for a few more days, but the cat is expected to live a normal life.

Keller said Humane Pennsylvania has a list of potential families that will give Maisy the level of care and attention she needs before being placed for adoption. And, in the meantime, they have created a fund to help cover her medical costs.

By Thursday afternoon Keller reported the organization had received more than 200 donations totaling $6,500.

"We have been very surprised by the support we've received," she said.

Davani said seeing the reaction from the community has been amazing but added that there are dozens of cats that need good homes.

"Maisy is very special and I know she will find a great home," she said. "But I'm more concerned about the cats in shelters right now that need that same love and attention."

Contact Karen Shuey: 610-371-5081 or kshuey@readingeagle.com.