Canning Town charity rescues kittens found with horrific injuries
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Two adorable young cats found horrifically injured and dumped in an east London park have sparked an outpouring of generosity from animal lovers.
The kittens, one of whom had his toes and tail severed, arrived at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust covered in fleas and barely able to walk.
They had been found taped up in a wet cardboard box by a passer-by in Victoria Park.
Now a fundraising campaign to pay for their intensive care and reconstructive surgery had passed the £7,000 mark as of midday today.
Celia Hammond, who runs the charity in Barking Road, Canning Town, said that while there is still a long way to go, the kittens – dubbed Luke and Skywalker – are recovering well.
“They were so badly injured that we didn’t know if they were going to make it, although they are doing remarkably well now,” she said.
“The difficult thing now is stopping them from jumping around. We had trouble taking pictures of them as they were dancing up and down.”
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Celia said it is not known whether the injuries, sustained last month, were inflicted deliberately.
But she said: “With the person who dumped them, we would have at least hoped he or she would have taken the cats to a vet.”
Luke’s toes and back of his tail were severed. Skywalker was barely able to walk after x-rays revealed he had suffered a spinal injury.
The amount of treatment required means Celia is “incredibly grateful” for the support her charity has received from the fundraising campaign.
“They need such intensive care and Luke will need his foot re-dressed two or three times,” she said.
“All this treatment comes at a cost and they have had quite a lot of surgery already. It’s difficult to say the amount that will cover their treatment, but it costs a fortune to run the clinic anyway, and we are always losing money so anything we get is gratefully received.”
To make a donation for Luke and Skywalker’s treatment, visit the charity’s Just Giving page.