A six-week-old kitten was thrown over a 16ft high wall in a zip-lock freezer bag and left to die.
Animal charity volunteers said it was “lucky” they found the tiny animal, named Pearl, when they did, as they only ever check the backyard when they take out the rubbish.
Staff at County Cat Rescue, based in the former Barclays Bank on the corner of Spellow Lane and County Road, Walton, were shocked when they discovered the condition that Pearl was left in.
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Maria Miller, owner of the charity, told the ECHO: “Our building is an old bank, and the wall is at least 16-feet-high, so she has come down with a bang.
“She had no fur on her, her body was like a hard shell. She was so infected and we had to get her seen to because she was constantly scratching due to her skin…
“Pearl had to have steroid injections, but she carried on with the scratching even when it started to grow back in patches, but then she scratched her eyeball.”
Maria took the kitten to a vet, who provided her with ointment to ease the pain caused by the scratches.
But the situation became far worse.
Maria said: “One day when we came to the rescue we found her hiding in the cupboard, and when we got her out of there, her eyeball had exploded.
“We rushed her to the vet, and they had to operate and take her eye out, and she’s only six months old now.”
Maria told the ECHO: “We did a post on Facebook to try and find who she may have belonged to, she wasn’t chipped or neutered, but there was nothing that came back from that.”
A fundraiser was set up by Joanne Bonner, to help with the costs of Pearl’s treatment.
Alongside having her eye removed and a serious skin condition, caused by untreated fleas, Pearl also has a heart condition.
Pet lovers and the community rallied together to raise the £1,010 that was needed for the operation, including a single donation of £115.
Maria said: “We are only a small rescue and not really well known, we have been going for about three years, so it is hard for us sometimes, but we will never turn anyone away who needs help.
“Joanne helped us out a lot, and has been fundraising for Pearl to help pay for her operation. If it wasn’t for kind-hearted people we would have been stuffed.”
She added: “She is doing well now, she still needs a steroid injection every month to help with the scratching, we do not want her to lose her other eye. Her fur is growing back and she is eating normally, she just deserves a loving home after everything she has been through.”
If you would like to know more about the work that Count Cat Rescue do, you can see their Facebook page here.
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