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Shot Staffordshire cat left with punctured organs

The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information following the shooting of one-year-old cat, Mukka, in Staffordshire. On April 12, Mukka dragged himself to his home in Newcastle Under Lyme and collapsed in front of his owner, Jamie Whittingham

The ginger and white cat was rushed to the vets where it was confirmed that he had a punctured his kidney and lung. Mukka was taken into emergency surgery.

RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Melvin is investigating the shooting. She said: “This is a really shocking incident and it is miracle that Mukka is still alive. Luckily he just about managed to get himself home after this callous attack which meant his owners could rush him to a vet.

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“I am very keen to hear from anyone who heard or saw anything  that might help further our investigation. Not only is it extremely cruel to treat animals in this barbaric way, it is also an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

“Anyone with with any information can call me in complete confidence on our inspector’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018 where they can leave me a message.”

Senior Vet at Stoke PDSA Pet Hospital, Duncan Senior, said: “The air gun pellet hit Mukka’s right hand side, scraped off a chunk of his kidney, passed through his large and small intestines just missing a major artery, then punctured his stomach, diaphragm and lungs.

“We conducted emergency surgery to remove the pellet and repair the damage to his internal organs. Mukka is now stable and comfortable, but I think he’s lost at least seven of his nine lives after this ordeal. Although he’s not yet out of the woods, he’s making good progress and we’re hopeful he will make a full recovery.”

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