Staff help pay kitten's vet bill

By Roger Moroney

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The plight of Ari the kitten, attacked and left with a broken leg last weekend, sparked a Napier legal firm to take up a collection to help with some of the estimated $1000 surgical and recovery costs.

"We heard about it and we talked about it yesterday morning and decided to have a bit of a whip around," Robin Bell, from Bisson Moss, said.

"It was a terrible thing that happened, so it just seemed the right thing to do."

The staff put together an envelope of $305 and Mr Bell dropped it off at the Napier SPCA centre later in the morning.

"On the way back to town, I dropped in to see the kitten and he's doing well. He's a friendly little thing ... I gave him a pat on the head and he started purring straight away."

Napier SPCA manager Bruce Wills said a member of the public also gave $10: "It's really good to see."

The 14-week-old kitten, which had been adopted by Rachel New and her partner after wandering on to their Napier South property about two weeks ago, was attacked by what Ms New said sounded like two or three drunken teenagers about 1am last Saturday.

She was woken to the sounds of the teenagers on the street, and then on her section, talking about getting the kitten, which she had left outside for the first time. She later found it cowering under the house, and after coaxing it out was horrified to see it was trailing one leg behind it.

After taking Ari to the Napier SPCA, staff took it to the Carlyle Veterinary Clinic where an X-ray revealed a serious fracture of its leg.

The kitten had surgery on Wednesday and was recovering well at the clinic.

Ms New was overwhelmed to hear about the donations: "To put together a collection like that - it's fantastic news - people are so nice."

She was delighted at Ari's recovery progress and hoped to have him home soon. And he would stay in at night. She had sorted a basket for him to sleep in and a litter tray.

 

- Hawkes Bay Today

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