Nurse who hit cat with car faces huge vet's bill
A NURSE who accidentally ran over a cat but rushed to its aid in a bid to save its life is facing a whopping £1,000 vet's bill.
The cat needs surgery for a broken pelvis but if she cannot raise the funds soon, the cat will have to be put down.
"I am an animal-lover and it's a horrible prospect we are facing because I have been told she can easily make a good recovery but only if she has this surgery," the nurse said.
The woman, who does not want to be named, works at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and it was on her way into work at 10.50pm on October 2 that she struck the cat with her car in Great Western Road.
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She rescued the young black and white female cat and got it straight to a vet's clinic.
But now she is appealing for Citizen readers to help her raise the funds needed for the surgery or trace the animal's owner.
Paramedics and friends have chipped in £150 and the vets say they will do it for around half the price at £500 as a goodwill gesture if she can find the money.
She also wants to trace the owner so that they can be reunited.
The nurse herself is an animal lover – she has two rescue cats of her own and four horses.
But she is bitterly disappointed that animal charities have offered little in the way of help.
She said: "I donate to a number of animal charities and I am so disappointed in their response.
"Unless you are on benefits, they do not want to help you.
"But I've not got a bottomless pit and I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
"If I was, I would pay straight away."
The cat's owner or anyone willing to donate to the cause can contact Citizen reporter Mike Wilkinson on 01452 698817 or email mike. firstname.lastname@example.org.