Stevenage cat reported to have been hurled against a wall makes remarkable recovery after £700 donated for vet bills

Luna. CREDIT: Leanne Lewis.

Luna. CREDIT: Leanne Lewis. - Credit: Archant

A cat reported to have been drenched in motor oil and suffering from a catalogue of injuries has made a remarkable recovery after people donated more than £700 towards vet bills.

Leanne Lewis and Luna. CREDIT: Leanne Lewis.

Leanne Lewis and Luna. CREDIT: Leanne Lewis. - Credit: Archant

The Comet reported last month how Leanne Lewis, who lives in Longfields in Stevenage, had returned home late one night with her partner Andy Kiddie and two-year-old son Devan to find their beloved cat Luna in a terrible state.

Leanne says he was sitting on a window sill outside their home drenched in motor oil after she believes yobs dunked him in a bowl of oil that was by their back gate and hurled him against a wall.

Leanne said Luna – who is not yet one – had either fractured or broken his left eye socket, had received head injuries, damage to his spleen, open wounds, internal bleeding, a hard swollen stomach and swollen throat.

Unable to pay for Luna to see a vet, Leanne set up a GoFundMe page, with donations flooding in from members of the public to the tune of £705. Leanne said Andy also sold his car and mobile phone to contribute to the cost of the vet bills.


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She said she took Luna to the Roebuck Veterinary Centre in Stevenage and said: “The money has gone to all his treatment - his vet check, his x-rays, medication etcetera.

“He’s doing fine. He’s got a skin infection and he’s got cream for that, but he’s on the mend.

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“He’s had X-rays, but he’s recovered on his own very well.

“Andrew managed to get all the oil out. His skin is still a bit red and he’s got a bit of hair loss.”

Leanne says she only has to return to the vets if the cream doesn’t clear up Luna’s skin condition.

“It’s all done and dusted,” she said.

Police officers went to Leanne’s home after she reported that Luna had been deliberately covered in oil.

A spokesman for Herts police said: “Following extensive enquiries, there was no evidence that a criminal offence had taken place. However, any new information that came to light would be investigated.

“If you have any information that could assist officers, please call Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101 quoting ISR 678 of June 10.”

The RSPCA also visited Leanne and Luna shortly after the incident was reported to police. A spokesman for the animal charity said: “The cat appeared to be showing no ill effects, but had a cut to the cheek and the owner was advised to take the cat for a vet check.”

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