Heartbreak for Stevenage family after thugs dowse their cat in oil and throw it against wall
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Police were called after it is believed a cat was drenched in motor oil before being thrown against the side of a house, causing catastrophic injuries.
Leanne Lewis, who lives in Oaks Cross in Stevenage, returned home at about 11pm last Friday with her partner Andy Kiddie and two-year-old son Devon to find their beloved cat Luna in a terrible state.
He was sitting on a window sill outside their home drenched in motor oil.
Leanne said: “It was horrible. We rushed upstairs and put him in the bath and tried to wash the oil out.”
An out-of-hours vet advised them to put a collar on Luna, to stop him trying to lick himself clean and avoid more of the oil entering his stomach.
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The next day, Leanne went outside their home to try to understand what had happened.
She said: “I’d left some oil by my back gate, ready to go to the tip, and the bowl it was in had been picked up and thrown.
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“It was all over my front garden and down the side of my house.
“On the side of my house there was an imprint of my cat after he’s been dunked in the oil and clearly thrown against it.
“There’s even oil on my front door.”
Luna, who is not yet one year old, remains in a very bad way and is fighting for his life.
Leanne said: “He’s either fractured or broken his left eye socket, he’s got head injuries, damage to his spleen, open wounds, internal bleeding, a hard swollen stomach and swollen throat.
“He can’t walk properly, is unable to hear due to the amount of oil in his ears, and is struggling to breathe.
“He still has oil in his fur, as it won’t wash out, and it has burnt his skin under his fur and has started to blister.
“He needs treatment as soon as possible, but we don’t have the money and are desperate, so my partner is selling his car and phone to pay for the treatment.
“Luna is a rescue cat and is really loved in this family.
“My son adores him and is so upset.”
Police are now investigating. Anyone with information on this attack should call the non-emergency number 101.