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Cat loses leg after getting caught in trap

Phoenix the cat is recovering after his front leg had to be amputated after he was caught in a leg hold trap.
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PENTICTON – Phoenix the cat has definitely used up one of his nine lives after he was caught in a leg hold trap in Penticton.

A local woman and her kids found the cat and surrendered him to AlleyCATS Alliance.

“What was in the box was a very frightened, beautiful soft gray cat with large amber eyes,” the alliance’s Theresa Nolet says in a media release. “He was in serious trouble. His leg did not look good.”

Phoenix was immediately taken to the Rose Valley Veterinary hospital in West Kelowna. It was determined the front leg was beyond the point of saving and was amputated. The surgery and medication attention saved the animal’s life.

Nolet says the leg trap injury wasn’t fresh and all the tissue below where the trap had caught the cat was dead. Plus he was very dehydrated and infection had set in.

Now the AlleyCATS Alliance is looking for a home for the three-legged cat.

“Phoenix will need a special home where he will be kept inside and given the ongoing medical attention he may require,” Nolet says. “Once he is fully recovered he will be available for adoption.”

For more information about Phoenix or to make a donation to the organization you can call 250-462-8195, go to the AlleyCATS Alliance website or the group’s Facebook page.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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