December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Animal lovers have clubbed together and donated thousands of pounds to help a cat who was shot in the face.
Plug was seen foraging in gardens in East Harling in April and was taken to Feline Cat Care Rescue.
An X-ray revealed that the short-haired cat had been hit by a rebound shot from a high-velocity rifle and metal fragments had shattered his jaw.
His injuries mean his jaw is misshapen and he struggles to eat and groom himself.
Rescue-centre manager Molly Farrar put a photo of Plug on the charity’s Facebook page and in just a few weeks, his appeal has attracted donations of more than £3,500 to help pay for his recovery.
Children have contributed their pocket money and one member of staff donated £200.
“It is amazing, we never expected this much money to be donated,” Miss Farrar said.
“We are touched by everyone’s generosity and would like to say a huge thank-you to the readers.
“If we go over the target, the money will be spent on additional costs such as our vet bills, which are about £2,000 a month.
“Working in cat care rescue is tough and emotional. It can be heartbreaking, but this is a positive story.”
Plug, who is named after the Bash Street Kids character from the Beano, had the first stage of his treatment in Surrey last week.
Miss Farrar said: “The vet found a chunk of dead bone with metal fragments in it and some of them are embedded in his tongue. It’s crucial that he is able to wash himself.
“He had a CT scan and some bone is missing and specialists are using the highest level of technology to try and rebuild it. He is currently on a lot of pain relief.”
And despite arriving at the centre as a feral cat, Plug has captured people’s hearts and has settled in well.
To donate, visit mydonate.bt.com/events/weloveplug