June 12, 2014 6:45 pm

Cat recovering after being found shot, nearly beheaded

Nelson is making a slow recovery.


VANCOUVER – A cat found in Cranbrook in April, who was close to death with seven pellet gun wounds, is recovering at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch.

‘Nelson’ was found by the highway in Cranbrook and brought to the SPCA. Aside from the pellet gun wounds he had a huge gash in his neck.

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“The pellets were embedded in his head,” said branch manager Brenna Baker. “The vet says the wounds in his neck appear as though someone actually tried to cut his head off. He was severely emaciated.”

Now, thanks to the love and care from staff at the East Kootenay Branch he is gaining weight and getting better every day.

“He is the most loving animal I have ever met. He was very frightened in the first few weeks but he soon warmed up to everyone,” said Baker.

“He has had a rough go but is well on his way to recovery. If I let him, he would stay rolled up in a ball snuggled into me all day long.”

A non-profit organization, the BC SPCA relies mainly on public donations to help the province’s most vulnerable animals. If you can help Nelson and other animals like him in need of care at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch, you can donate online at spca.bc.ca/eastkootenay or in person at 3339 Highway 3 and 95, Cranbrook.

If anyone knows anything about Nelson or how he received his injuries, please call the BC SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1-855-622-7722.

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