Katie after life-saving surgery
Katie was fortunate enough to survive the terrible onslaught that left her with nine stab wounds to her neck and lower body.
A police officer rescued the badly injured pet from her attacker, who was suffering from a psychological episode at the time.
Katie lost a lot of blood and was taken to a nearby vet for emergency veterinary treatment.
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Katie with new owner Jasmine
The seven-year-old cat required multiple stitches on its wounds and part of its fur had to be shaved off before the veterinarian could perform the procedure.
Whether or not she would get through was hard to believe – but the brave pet was recovering from her ordeal.
She was then rehabilitated over a two month period in RSPCA care at the Animal Aid Branch in Oldham and Bury and has since made a full recovery other than her scars.
Katie is now staying with 28-year-old Jasmine Dickinson, who lives in Wigan and is almost unrecognizable in the photos taken on the day of her injury.
Some of Katie’s terrible injuries
Jasmine said, “When I was younger I had cats as pets and wanted to adopt them when I came across Katie.
“I applied to be the owner and the center told me what she went through and I was even more interested in providing her with a loving home.
“She’s such a lovely cat and she really clung to me – wherever I am, she’s not far away.
“She likes to sit on my knee and is very affectionate and likes to be caressed – even on her neck, which is still scarred, but is certainly getting better and better.
“I work from home as an accountant, and when I’m on the laptop, she lies very relaxed on the bed nearby.
“She gets nervous at times – especially when people come into the house whom she is initially unfamiliar with, run and hide under the bed – but she seems to be getting used to it now.
“She seems to know my parents when they visit them and becomes more trusting.
“The first time I got her in March you could see some scars, but her fur has grown back nicely and she has put on weight – in fact the vet said she was probably a little too much!
“She seems such a happy and content cat and has been a great addition to my home.”
RSPCA Inspector Ryan King, who assisted Katie in the rescue, said, “I’m delighted to see how well Poppy has settled in with her new owner – it’s a remarkable turnaround for her.”
Unfortunately, such cases are not uncommon, and in the past five years the RSPCA has received nearly 100,000 reports of willful assault.
“The cruelty hotline also receives more than a million calls about animals in need, some of which, as in this case, have been stabbed, beaten, drowned, burned or even shot.
That’s why the RSPCA has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, which aims to reduce the number of terrible incidents involving pets by 50 percent by 2030. The charity also hopes to raise more funds to keep rescuers on the front lines and keep animals from neglect and help rehabilitate and relocate them.
Visit www.rspca.org.uk/stopcruelty to donate to the Cancel Out Cruelty campaign and help us save animals in need.
You can also help Cancel Out Cruelty by volunteering for us, becoming an activist helping us change the law for animals for the better by becoming a fundraiser for the RSPCA, learn more about animals through our Compassionate Families- Learn the program, buy a Cancel Out Cruelty T-shirt and show off on social media or by promising to help animals in other ways, such as helping animals. For example, learn more about your pets’ needs or learn how to help wildlife.
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