A cat was rescued by the RSPCA and West Midlands Fire Service after becoming impaled on a fence in Birmingham.


The young female tabby, who has been named Sparkle, was found by a member of the public on a metal railing fence in their back garden in Bromford Lane, Washwood Heath, on the evening of Friday, 6 November.

A 45cm metal pole had impaled the cat’s left hind leg, causing extensive injuries. She is now recovering in the RSPCA’s care after undergoing surgery.

Sparkle4.jpgAs an owner cannot be traced, the RSPCA is appealing to reunite her with her family.

RSPCA inspector Becky Cooper, who attended the incident, said: “We think Sparkle is somebody’s pet as she is happy to be handled, has been neutered and is in good condition, however she is not microchipped and did not have a collar so we have not been able to trace anyone.

“There might be a family out there who are missing their much-loved pet cat. If anyone has any information on who she belongs to then please call us on 0300 123 8018 so we can reunite them.”

Insp Cooper said Sparkle could have gotten the injury after becoming scared of fireworks. She said: “We believe Sparkle had jumped down from a taller fence onto the metal railing, possibly quickly because there were a lot of fireworks going off.

“The person who found the cat had been calling for their own cat when they heard meowing at the back of the garden. When I got there, it was obvious that I would not be able to free her without the help of West Midlands Fire Service. They arrived very quickly and were absolutely brilliant in cutting her free from the fence.

“We don’t know for certain how long she was there for but she is very lucky to have been found when she was.”

Sparkle is currently being treated at the RSPCA’s Newbrook Farm Animal Hospital, where she underwent surgery to remove the pole.

Craig Osborne, hospital manager, said: “Sparkle is doing very well on antibiotics and pain relief. She is still poorly but is making improvements every day.”

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