Vets are battling to save the sight of a cat who it is believed was deliberately sprayed in the eyes with chemicals.
The stray, who had no collar and was not micro-chipped, was found in distress last week on Foxdale Avenue, Layton, and taken to a vet.
He is now being looked after by Blackpool-based charity Cats in Care which has launched a fund-raising appeal to pay for his treatment.
The tabby – who has been named Larry – has lost all sight in his left eye following the shocking attack, but it is hoped vets can save some of the sight in his right eye.
Andy Richards, of Cats in Care, said: “It immediately became apparent that Larry, as we called him, had very poorly eyes, which we initially put down to the result of severe cat-flu or a feline virus.
“Things took a sinister turn when I took Larry to see the vet, who confirmed her worst fears – Larry has had some kind of chemical sprayed into his eyes.
“This cruel, heinous act has left Larry in serious danger of losing his sight completely. His left eye is beyond repair – the savage attack that he has endured has left him with no sight in that eye. He has partial sight in his right eye.
“Larry is likely to face several operations to attempt to save the right eye. He is in foster care and is such a happy soul who loves to purr and be stroked, despite his obvious pain and discomfort.
“I cannot imagine what kind of monster would spray chemicals into a cat’s eyes, and this act of barbarity has left us at Cats In Care shocked and horrified.”
Whether Larry regains any sight or is left completely blind, he will be rehomed as an indoor cat.
Andy added: “The cost of Larry’s treatment is going to be very high and with this in mind, we have launched Larry’s Fund and we appeal to the public to please donate whatever you can to help.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP
People can make their donations using paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively by donation by post or in person to Cats In Care, 23 The Crescent, St Annes, FY8 1SZ.
Larry is being treated by Anne Blackburn, of Mearley Vets which is based in East Lancashire where Larry is currently living in a foster home.
Cats In Care was set up in 2004 by a trained veterinary nurse and her associate to help cats that were taken into surgeries to be euthanised when there were no physical issues.
To offer a permanent home to any of the cats on the charity’s website, people can email: email@example.com
The charity also has a fundraising shop on The Crescent in St Annes.