The BC SPCA has launched an animal cruelty investigation after a Nanaimo cat was shot five times with a pellet gun.
The SPCA says when ‘Mystic’ was brought in for care, he was unable to bear weight on his left hind leg.
X-rays showed that the cat had a shattered tibia and fibula, and pellets were also found in his abdomen, ventral lumbar region, front leg, ribs and near his spine.
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“He will need to have surgery to remove as many pellets as possible and may need monitoring of the pellets near his spine & ribs as it may be to risky for the vets to remove at this time,” said the SPCA in a media release.
“With surgery and continued healing hopefully he will be relieved from his discomfort and be able to feel like a calm happy cat again.”
The SPCA estimates costs to bring Mystic back to health of about $1,674, and is soliciting donations to help.
He will be put up for adoption in about a month, once he recovers.