- Victoria the cat found roaming the streets of Gloucester with injuries
- Worried vets were forced to remove the remainder of cat’s ears
- The cat is now staying with employee from rescue centre, Wendy Hyde
A cat abandoned by its cruel owner because it had cancer was so ravaged by the illness it ripped off its own ears.
Victoria the cat was found wandering the streets half-starved with both ears barely attached to her head.
Animal welfare officers say the distressed feline was in ‘constant agony’ with skin cancer.
They believe the cruel owner had let the animal go untreated for months and then abandoned her to avoid expensive vets bills.
Her ears had begun to rot away and she was in so much pain from the disease she had begun ripping off what remained of them.
Victoria was found on a street in Gloucester and taken to the local New Start Cat Rescue Centre for an operation on her ears.
Carers say it will cost them thousands of pounds to rehabilitate her.
Sue Cowlishaw, a spokeswoman for the rescue centre, said: ‘She was in a very bad state so we rushed her to a vets as an emergency.
‘It became apparent that the cat’s ears had been ravished by skin cancer.
‘Due to non-treatment of this condition for months, this cat’s ear had rotted away.
‘The cat had been in so much discomfort it had resorted to ripping its own ear off to try and relieve itself of its constant agony, leaving it in such a state of self-disfigurement.
Victoria had her operation last Sunday, 20 minutes after the charity received a frantic call from a member of the public.
Louise Barrow, speaking on behalf of the rescue centre, said: ‘At first we thought she had been attacked by a dog but then we discovered she had cancer in the ears.
‘It looks like the owner has abandoned her. How could anyone do that?
‘We, more than anyone, know just how expensive vets bills are at the moment, but it is awful.
‘Victoria is on the road to recovery now but it is going to take a while because she is very depressed.
‘It is going to take a lot of cuddles and TLC to get her back to her usual self.’
Victoria is now staying with Wendy Hyde, who works with the charity.
She said: ‘We don’t yet know if all the cancer has been removed.
‘She’s out of pain but her life is still shaded. We’re hoping for the best.’
Published on 16 Oct 2012 by smartypunk
Victoria the cat found roaming the streets of Gloucester with injuries. Victoria is being looked after by New Start Cat Rescue Sanctuary. They believe the cruel owner had let the animal go untreated for months and then abandoned her to avoid expensive vets bills.
Her ears had begun to rot away and she was in so much pain from the disease she had begun ripping off what remained of. The charity’s co-ordinator Wendy Hyde says that the animal must have been suffering a lot to have made it do that to herself.