Cat with cancer rips its own ears off after owners abandon her
THIS cat, ravaged by cancer of the ears, is believed to have been abandoned by its owners.
The feline, called Victoria, was left to wander the streets of Newent, having ripped her own ears off because of the pain.
Charity workers at Newent's New Start Cat Rescue Centre took her in and paid for an operation on her ears.
It will cost them thousands of pounds to rehabilitate her, and she is the second neglected cat they have taken in during recent weeks.
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Another, called Magpie, was badly burnt and dumped in a box. She has been left without fur and still needs a new home.
Victoria is now resting at the foster home of Wendy Hyde, who works with the charity.
But homing officer Louise Barrow said she was dismayed by the cat's plight.
She 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 had her operation last Sunday, 20 minutes after the charity received a frantic call from a member of the public.
"She was in a very bad state so we rushed her to a vets as an emergency," said fellow charity worker Sue Cowlishaw. "It became apparent that the cat's ears had been ravaged 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."
The charity hopes that donations will help to pay their huge costs.
Rehomer Mrs Hyde 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."
To donate, call the charity on 01452 790630.