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Kitten needs leg amputation after elastic tie causes damage

Hero was brought to the BCSPCA with necrosis developing on his front leg, but it still hasn't slowed him down, Quesnel BCSPCA said.
February 08, 2021 - 12:45 PM

A little financial support is needed for a kitten who suffered an injury so severe that it now requires a leg amputation.

The cat was taken to the Quesnel BCSPCA after he was found roaming around a neighbourhood yard with a bandage tied to his front leg with elastic so tightly that the flesh was exposed, according to a BCSPCA press release. By the time the kitten was in their care, the leg was in an "advanced state" of necrosis.

The kitten they've since named Hero was immediately administered medication to alleviate discomfort, and will require surgery to amputate his front leg, the release said.

“We are not sure why the band was placed around the kitten’s leg,”  BC SPCA Quesnel & District manager Colby O'Flynn said in a press release. “Whatever the case might be, the elastic tie caused the kitten long-term suffering and the loss of use and function of the leg.”

Regardless of the amputation, the SPCA said he is still an energetic cat and will be able run, jump and climb.

"He's very affectionate and very talkative," the release said, "We can only imagine how happy he will be after his surgery and can start his new three-legged life in a forever home."

Hero will spend four to six weeks in foster care after his surgery. He will also be neutered while in BCSPCA care.

BCSPCA says Hero will be up for adoption after foster care. The cost for his care is estimated at around $1,500.

If you would like to help Hero and other animals like him, you can donate here.

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