An elderly cat who was attacked by a group of teenagers on a Derby street in broad daylight has found her happy ending.
Nineteen-year-old Snoopy was kicked a number of times, had bottles thrown at her and a skateboard ran over her body in Coleman Street, Alvaston, on 29 June this year.
Witnesses to the attack reported frightened Snoopy struggling to get away.
She was rescued by RSPCA inspector Sarah Gardner and was taken to the charity’s Derby branch, in Abbey Street, where at first it was thought she wouldn’t survive due to her old age.
Despite being microchipped, the RSPCA struggled to find her owner and no one came forward following an appeal in the press.
But happily, against the odds she has made a full recovery and now lives with loving owner Leanne Manchester, in Colwick, Nottingham.
Leanne, who worked for the RSPCA in Derby until 2015, said: “I saw her on the news then on RSPCA Derby’s Facebook page. I hadn’t really planned on getting a cat but had decided, due to my past with the RSPCA, I’d only adopt one who really needed me.
“When I saw Snoops I knew she needed me. We didn’t expect her to be around very long, being 19, and knew very few people could take that on, but I could.
“I decided to foster her while she had her treatment but knew once she came home that she wouldn’t leave again. Straight away she settled in but over time she’s become more and more comfortable. After a few days she meowed for the first time – now she meows constantly! She had to have her teeth removed and since then she’s steadily put on weight – increasing from 2.18kg to 2.72kg.
“It was hard work before her teeth came out as I had to hand feed her cat pate to encourage her to eat, as she was in so much pain. Since then she’s gone from strength to strength.
“She loves cuddling on the sofa on her fluffy blanket and adores tuna. She has two teeth left but eats far better than she did when she had her full set.
“The vets are very pleased with her and aside from weak back legs she’s remarkably healthy for her age. They also said she recovered very well from her surgery. She’s not on any medication at the moment and manages really well.
“As soon as I met her she cuddled straight up to me and I knew she would be mine for as she had left. I’m so pleased she’s now pain free and happy.”
Kerry Draper, supporter engagement manager at the RSPCA’s Derby branch in Abbey Street, said: “We all completely fell in love with Snoopy. She had such a horrific experience and we were so worried about her when she arrived into our care, but she fought against the odds and has now got a loving home that she deserves.”
Despite an appeal for information in the press, the teenagers have never been identified. The RSPCA is urging for anyone who has any information to contact the appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
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