An animal charity in Limavady is looking for a new home for a cat that had one of its legs amputated after it became snared in a trap.
The black-and-white mog was rescued from an old-style hunting trap in a field off the Ballyquin Road outside the town last week.
A passer-by spotted the puss in distress and contacted Letty McCormack, a volunteer with The North West Animal Welfare Group.
Letty, along with a friend, spent more than two hours in the cold working to free the cat from the trap but, in the end, they had to call a local vet.
“It was just sitting there. It couldn’t go anywhere,” Letty told the ‘Journal’. “It was just terrible. People are so cruel. I don’t know how they could use these traps. They shouldn’t be used. It’s just so cruel and we’re supposed to be animal lovers here in Northern Ireland.”
Once at The Roe Valley Veterinary Clinic the cat was freed and underwent surgery to amputate its front left leg and is now safe, recovering at Letty’s home,
Vet, Michael Forgie said what happened the cat is “a rare occurence”.
“Thankfully, the cat is coming round and he’s recovering well. I hope he gets a good home,” said Mr. Forgie.
Letty named her the semi-feral cat ‘Quin’ in reference to it being rescued on the Ballyquin Road.
Letty is appealing for a new owner for him, although she says Quin will still need another couple of weeks before he’s fit to be re-homed.
“I’ll keep him temporarily but whoever takes him, well it will have to be a good home and be kept indoors,” said Letty, who added Quin uses a litter tray.
To find out more, or for information about how to help the charity, make a donation or volunteer call The North West Animal Welfare Group on 07871965972.
Or, drop into the charity at their shop in Newtowne Square in Limavady.