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Charity shocked by cases of cruelty to cats

Blue Cross volunteers in Carlisle are caring for a homeless cat who is recovering from burns to her face – which vets are concerned could have been a deliberate act, perhaps with a cigarette lighter. ‘Duffy’ was found terrified and in pain, hiding in a hollow tree stump in Rickerby Park near the city centre. She was taken to nearby vets for treatment and is now recovering with a foster carer.

The injuries to her nose were not only painful but left Duffy with burnt skin tissue blocking her nostrils. Her whiskers too have been damaged through burning and left singed. Despite attempts to find an owner, no-one came forward so she is now seeking a new home.

Duffy was admitted to Blue Cross just days after a cat in London was admitted to the charity after being used as ‘bait’. Eric, a one-year-old cat, was brought to Blue Cross animal hospital in Victoria after he was found tied to a tree in a park and being used to taunt dogs.

Alyson Jones, Head of Rehoming at Blue Cross said: “These recent cases of deliberate cruelty to cats are very sad and it is difficult to understand how people can justify their actions. We are glad that these two cats are in safe hands now and getting over their ordeal. We are looking forward to finding them the loving homes they deserve.”

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Notes to Editors

Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
Blue Cross actively campaigns to improve all aspects of animal welfare, working with the government, schools and others to improve the lives of pets and their owners.
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