Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pet Loses Leg after a Week Away

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pet Loses Leg after a Week Away

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

A MIDDLESBROUGH moggy had to have his leg amputated after vanishing for more than a week - and then returning with a mystery injury.

Owner Hollie Thompson, 32, was overjoyed when two-year-old Tibbles returned - but her joy turned to concern when she realised he was seriously injured.

He could barely walk and was in serious pain.

"We noticed he was barely able to use his front left leg," said mum-ofthree Hollie. "The kids were incredibly upset to see him in so much pain.

"I rang a local vet but they estimated it could cost several thousand pounds depending on what treatment was needed. We just didn't have that kind of money and, although our dog is insured, I hadn't thought to insure the cat too - I didn't think vet fees for cats would cost so much," Hollie continued.

She had heard of the PDSA but didn't think she would be eligible as her husband works full-time, but she rang the vet charity as she couldn't bear to consider what the alternative might be.

Hollie was delighted to find out that, because they receive family tax credits, they were eligible for the PDSA's new concessionary service, which offers reduced cost vet care to people on a range of benefits. …

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