Kitten’s leg amputated after “trap” trauma

Vets in Norwich believe a tiny kitten found with a badly crushed front leg may have escaped from a trap.

Lucky, who is around 10 weeks old, was spotted lying injured by the road in Shipdham, near Dereham, and later needed to have her leg amputated.

It was thought she had been hit by a car, but staff at Companion Care, in Hall Road, now think the appalling injury must have been caused by a metal trap.

Head veterinary nurse Angela Savory said that as well as an open wound, the bone itself had been crushed beyond repair.

She said: 'It's not something you see very often now and this practice has not seen a case at all.

'If nobody had found her, she would not have survived.'

Lucky is recovering from her ordeal at the Pact (People for Animal Care Trust) animal sanctuary in Woodrising.

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Administrator George Rockingham said Lucky had no collar and had not been micro chipped, but was in fairly good condition.

If Lucky's owners cannot be traced, staff will try to find her a new home, but this task is growing increasingly difficult. Mr Rockingham said the charity was contending with a huge increase in the number of homeless kittens coupled with a 40pc fall in income.

He said: 'At the moment, including those in foster care, we have upwards of 40 kittens which need re-homing.

'It's been a big problem this year.

'People are throwing their cats out, not getting them neutered and not bothering with them. They are pleading poverty.

'The animal welfare job is getting very difficult across the board.'

It's always been difficult, but now we are turning animals away because we are full.'

Anyone able re-home a kitten can visit www.pactsanctuary.org or call the sanctuary on 01362 821306.

EIGHT LIVES LEFT: Lucky is pictured with Charlotte Utting at Pact. The kitten is looking for a new home.