SCOTLAND – A curious cat is very lucky to still be alive after losing a leg while trapped inside a car engine.
The traumatized little cat was discovered soaked in blood and cowering in the doorway of shocked Calderwood resident Susan Nicholson’s home in Maxwellton Road.
With the help of some neighbors, Susan took the terrified animal inside and alerted the Scottish SPCA.
She stated to reporters: “The wee thing’s face was bleeding and it looked spooked. We assumed, because we live on a busy road, it had been run over by a car.
“Then we discovered one of its front legs was missing.
“She was hurting, giving out a few distressed meows, but you could tell she was a wee fighter.”
Once the SPCA arrived they discovered that the tiny two-year-old cat was indeed microchipped and her name was Molly.
They were quickly able to track down its worried owners, who had already put out an appeal on Facebook for their missing pet.
Due to the severity of Molly’s injuries, animal rescue officers first feared that she had been tortured.
It was only when she veterinary treatment that they decided, from extensive burns to the underside of her body, that the cat had somehow climbed into a car engine and sheared her own leg off on a fan blade or belt while trying to escape.
As well as undergoing an operation to treat her infected stump, Molly also needed to have her shoulder and some toes on her other front paw amputated and lost a few teeth.
Susan (48) stated: “We thought something more sinister had happened as it was such a clean cut it looked like her leg had been sawn off.
“She must have been terrified, trapped inside the engine.
“The fact that she has survived the odds and come through the operation is incredible.
“She has so much fighting spirit and is slowly but surely making progress.”
Susan broke the news to Molly’s owners Karen and Lorn Gibson and their two teenage daughters, who were absolutely heartbroken to learn of their beloved pet’s frightening ordeal.
The family had also lost their previous pet cat in tragic circumstances when it was run over by a car a year ago. And now this!
Molly is currently recovering back home in Calderwood but, with vet treatment ongoing and her pet insurance maxed out, her mounting vet bills are now into the thousands.
Susan, who the Gibsons have described as Molly’s guardian angel, has set up a fundraising page which has almost raised nearly $550 already.
She has also appealed to the animal lovers of East Kilbride to dig deep to help the family and keep their miraculous kitty alive.
Susan stated: “The bills are crippling the owners now and every penny donated will go towards her ongoing care.
If you wish to make a donation, visit:https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Mollysvetcare .