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'Miracle' Black Cat Shot 30 Times Survives

Sky News logo Sky News 15/04/2016
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They say black cats are unlucky - but not Puss-Puss, who made a "miraculous" recovery after she was peppered with pellets.

The three-year-old was found earlier this month dragging her paws and covered in blood after disappearing from her home in Ardleigh, Essex.

X-rays by a vet revealed she had been wounded by 30 gun pellets all over her body.

One was in her paw which was why she was limping, another was removed from the middle of an eye.

RSPCA inspector Adam Jones said: "The vet said two had just missed her spinal cord and it is a miracle she survived.

"We were shocked to find that Puss-Puss was peppered with such an extraordinary number of pellet wounds."

Owner Doug Taw said "We heard some gunshots but didn't imagine at first it could have anything to do with Puss-Puss.

"Then we found her crouched under a car, frightened and injured. She ran off and we couldn't find her for a week.

"I was beside myself with worry. Then she eventually dragged herself back in a terrible state and we rushed her straight to the vet.

"It is heartbreaking seeing her in such a distressed state, and I am so upset that she will now lose her eye."

Anyone with information about the attack can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

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