Nelson, a cat found close to death with seven pellet gun wounds and a severe slice to his face and neck is recovering nicely at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch. He was also extremely emaciated, but thanks to the love and care from BC SPCA staff and volunteers and local veterinarian Dr. Uli Helvoigt, Nelson is gaining weight and getting better every day.
“He is the most loving animal I have ever met. He was very frightened in the first few weeks but he soon warmed up to everyone,” says shelter manager Brenna Baker.
“He has had a rough go but is well on his way to recovery. If I let him, he would stay rolled up in a ball snuggled into me all day long.”
Original story posted April 22, 2014
Cranbrook cat found with pellet gun wounds, gash in neck
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A horribly injured cat found by the highway near Cranbrook now has a second chance to live his nine lives to the fullest, thanks to the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch. The cat, named Nelson for Willie Nelson’s Highwayman song, had been shot seven times by a pellet gun and had a huge gash in his neck.
“The pellets were embedded in his head. The vet says the wounds in his neck appear as though someone actually tried to cut his head off. He was severely emaciated,” says branch manager Brenna Baker. “He is such a sweetheart and has gone through hell. We just want people to know, especially with tomorrow (April 23, 2014) being Animal Abuse Prevention Day, that this kind of abuse is happening in their communities – in their back yards.”
It never hurts to raise awareness about something as ugly as animal abuse and British Columbians can take action to help prevent it, Baker notes.
The pellets were removed from Nelson’s head and he required several stitches, plus he’ll need extensive dental surgery, as his teeth were shot and many are broken, she says.
If you can help Nelson and other animals like him in need of care at the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch, you can donate online or in person at 3339 Highway 3 and 95, Cranbrook.
If you know anything about Nelson or how he received his injuries, please call the BC SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1-855-622-7722.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.