Hit and run driver left cat for dead

Fergal the cat who has had his leg amputated pictured with Nurse Naomi Smart of Gilmore Vets at Standish
Fergal the cat who has had his leg amputated pictured with Nurse Naomi Smart of Gilmore Vets at Standish

THIS DEFENCELESS young cat was cruelly left for dead by a hit and run driver in Wigan.

The one-year-old suffered a broken femur as a result of the incident and had to be rushed into Gilmore Vets on Monday following the incident by RSPCA inspector Claire Roberts.

Unfortunately, the cat – named Feargal by staff at the vets – had to have its right hind leg amputated as a result of the incident but is now on the road to recovery.

Vet Natalie Oakes said: “When he arrived with us he was in shock and completely unable to bear any weight on his back legs.

“We were unable to examine him any further as he was in so much pain so we stabilised him and gave him some strong analgesia.

“When we x-rayed him we discovered that he had a complicated, severely displaced fracture of his right femur.

“This would not only be incredibly difficult to repair, it would also be very costly.”

But the kind folk at the Wigan, Leigh and District branch of the RSPCA kindly stepped forward and offered funding to pay for the surgery Feargal needed to save him.

In the end, it was not possible to save the cat’s leg but the money provided by the RSPCA was put towards amputating the leg.

The cat wasn’t microchipped and there is no indication of any owner so the RSPCA are also appealing for a new home for Feargal when he is ready.

Natalie added: “Cats with three legs can live long and happy lives and seeing as though Feargal is barely more than a year old, we were happy to be able to do something to save his life.

“He has now had the surgery and although he is still bruised and sore he is already a lot happier and he is an absolutely lovely cat.

“Once he has recovered he will also be searching for a new, loving home. Unfortunately, however, this surgery – although reduced in price for the RSPCA – is very costly and a severe drain on Wigan RSPCA resources.

“We are therefore appealing for donations from the kind and generous public to help fund Feargal’s surgery and also to help other cats in the future that have to go through similar things.”

All donations should be sent to RSPCA Wigan, Leigh and District Branch, PAWS Centre, York House, York Street, Wigan or by e-mailing them at contactus@rspca-wigan.co.uk and rspcawigan1@btconnect.com.

You can also call the centre on 01942 824165 or visit the facebook pages www.facebook.com/rspcawigan or www.facebook.com/gilmorevets.