Sam found in Merthyr 1HE was thought to be dead when he was found by workmen on the side of the road in Merthyr.

But this little kitten – who was found on 1 May – aged around eight weeks at the time, is one little fighter.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “The workmen who found him at first thought he was dead. He was very subdued, thin and had sustained neurological damage to his front left leg, not being able to use or feel it all.

“We don’t know what happened to him or how he sustained this injury, it could have been as a result of a number of things.”

The workmen took the kitten – now named Sam – to a veterinary surgery where he was examined.

Inspector Cooper said: “The vet thought there was a slight chance his leg would recover and so I took him home and fostered him for three weeks.

“During these three weeks he turned into a lovely, happy, inquisitive little kitten which is what he should have been all along.”

Unfortunately his injured leg made no improvements and Sam had to have his leg amputated on veterinary advice, as it would have only caused him problems in the future.

Following his operation he has recovered well and is proving he is more than capable with just the three legs.

“He is doing really well on three legs,” added inspector Cooper. “He is actually faster than my four legged cat!”

The kitten will be up for rehoming at RSPCA Llys Nini Animal Centre in the next couple of weeks.

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