A BAXENDEN teenager is desperately trying to raise cash to save her cat’s life after it was found injured in a gutter.
Muniza Mehrban, 17, who lives off Manchester Road, is patiently waiting for Tiddles to recover from specialised surgery on his pelvis.
The black and white seven-year-old cat was found in Royds Avenue by Hollins Technology College staff after it had been kicked and left for dead.
Staff at the school, who knew Muniza, took the cat to a vet where the original estimate for treatment was £2,000.
A horrified Muniza, who knew she could not afford the bill, visited several vets with her brother Asif, eventually found one in Blackburn that quoted her £500.
On hearing what had happened to the cat, Muniza said: “I can’t believe anyone could be so horrible to a defenceless animal.”
Tiddles underwent surgery on Monday afternoon and is now doing well.
Asif said: “The vet said there was a lot of swelling afterwards. Tiddles will be at there for another week at least.”
Muniza and her friends at Clitheroe Grammar School are now raising money in a bid to fund the vetinerary care.
She said: “I have had lots of support from people passing on their good wishes but I am struggling to raise the money.
“If anyone can help I would be very grateful.”
Asif added: “We have had a lot of support. Pet Warehouse in Oswaldtwistle has donated a cat carrier and others have come forward and we want to thank them.”
Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to contact Asif on 0792 1480 108.
The RSPCA is investigating the incident and has asked anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact it on 0300 1234 999.