Torture cats start to purr

Pickle, one of a number of cats that were abandoned at Easterleigh animal sanctuary. BELOW: Naomi MacGregor with Marmalade and Pickle.
Pickle, one of a number of cats that were abandoned at Easterleigh animal sanctuary. BELOW: Naomi MacGregor with Marmalade and Pickle.
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SANCTUARY staff devastated to find tortured animals near their site say they have been heartened by the public support for the cats.

Five cats, suffering severe damage to their eyes and malnutrition, were found dumped near the Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary on Friday, August 24, and Saturday, 25.

Naomi MacGregor of Easterleigh animal sanctuary with Marmalade and Pickle, two of a number of cats that were abandoned.

Naomi MacGregor of Easterleigh animal sanctuary with Marmalade and Pickle, two of a number of cats that were abandoned.

Three of the animals were so badly injured that veterinary staff from Vets4Pets in St Annes deemed if fairer to put them to sleep.

Now, as the remaining two recover at the sanctuary on Queensway Park Farm, staff have said they are delighted by people’s response.

Mandy Leigh, owner of the sanctuary, told how a man visited the sanctuary on Wednesday to give £50 towards the cat’s vet bills.

She said: “A gentleman came in to give £50, it’s a lovely thought and very, very kind of him. I’d like to thank people for their support.”

The two surviving cats, named Pickle and Marmalade, are reported to be making a good recovery but staff say both will be permanently damaged. 
Mrs Leigh added: “They’re not out of the woods yet, they’re still weak, but I think they’ll be OK. They’re very affectionate.”

Sanctuary staff are now working to build up the cats’ strength so that blood tests can be taken to determine the full extent and long term implications of the injuries.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We will investigate once we have any further information about who committed the attacks.”

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