Who was responsible for this cat’s pain and suffering?
We collected an affectionate cat who had horrible injuries including a bloody nose, bleeding mouth and an infected wound to his tummy, caused by a piece of rope tied tightly round his body.
He is now recovering in our care. And amazed by his resilience and happy nature, staff at our Birmingham Animal Hospital have fondly named the wounded moggie Hector.
In a sorry state
Ginger and white Hector was admitted to the hospital on Thursday 2 August, when he was collected from a garden in Ivor Road, Birmingham. With the infected wound round his body caused by the rope and trauma to the face he was in a sorry state but despite his injuries was described as very friendly.
In fact on initial admission to the hospital vets were unable to listen to Hector’s heartbeat due to his loud purrs. The loving feline has since had his wound clipped and cleaned, a fractured tooth removed and been under general anaesthetic to assess his injured jaw. Although his lower jaw is slightly unstable, thankfully it is not going to require surgery as it will heal come time. Hector is on pain relief and antibiotics but is progressing well.
RSPCA Inspector Susie Bailey said:
Considering all Hector has been through he is one very happy cat.
Maybe he knows that he is now safe, with people who care and are doing their best to make him feel better.
She said it's likely that someone inflicted the injuries on Hector, adding:
It is unlikely that he got entangled in the rope accidentally as it was tightly tied round his body and I believe his facial injuries were caused by some sort of trauma such as being kicked or punched.
We need to find out what happened to Hector to prevent any other animals from suffering the same fate.
Can you help?
Inspector Bailey is keen to hear from anyone that can help identify who was responsible for Hector’s injuries. She is appealing for information about Hector's case:
Did you witness anything in the area? Did you see anyone hanging around near a ginger and white cat? Do you know who Hector belongs to?
Calls with information can be made to the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.
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