The RSPCA is searching for the owners of a cat who was found with serious injuries in Clacton.
The black and white puss was found staggering along Alton Park Road with a broken leg by a concerned member of the public.
The cat – thought to be around six-years-old – has been receiving veterinary care since being taken in by the RSPCA. She has been named Noelle by staff.
Chief inspector Sam Garvey said: “Noelle has a horrible break to her back leg and x-rays (pictured below) revealed three pellets lodged inside her leg and chest.
“It’s not clear whether her leg was broken at the same time as the airgun attack but she appears to have been shot some time ago as there are no fresh wounds.
“She is a lovely cat and, other than the injuries, was in good condition when she was found on 9 December. We think she is a family pet who has gone missing and it’s likely there is someone out there who is desperately missing her.
“Unfortunately, Noelle is not microchipped and had no collar or identification tag when she was found so we’re appealing to the public to get in touch if they know where she may have come from.
“We’re also investigating the circumstances around how she came to suffer such awful injuries and would encourage anyone with any information to get in touch by calling our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
Noelle is receiving veterinary treatment at a local vet while the RSPCA try to find her owner.
“We strongly recommend that all cats are microchipped and the owner’s contact details kept up to date,” CI Garvey said. “Microchipping is the most reliable way to identify a pet if they get lost and can help make sure the cat is reunited with its owners or can be very important in identifying a cat’s owners if she is injured while out and about.”
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