Tiny kitten found with leg ‘almost hanging off’ after being dumped in box

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A young kitten was found with her leg "almost hanging off" after disgustingly being dumped in a box.

The five-week-old tabby and white cat was found with a serious injury and completely soaked by a member of the public.

The lucky discovery, which occurred on January 10 in a Doncaster field, led to the RSPCA being contacted who rushed the poor kitten to the vets, Yorkshire Live reports.

Tragically, her injuries were too severe, and her back leg had to be amputated.

Animal rescue officer Kate Hetherington said: "This poor kitten was found in a box with a severe fracture to her leg which saw her leg almost hanging off. She must have been in a lot of pain, scared and confused when she was dumped like rubbish and left in a field.

"The kitten was clearly in need of urgent veterinary treatment and it is totally unacceptable to abandon an animal, especially in this state."

The tiny kitten, now named Hattie, is enjoying lots of care and attention at the RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham branch.

And tiny Hattie is reportedly a joy to be around, despite everything she has been through. The "friendly kitten" is hoping to make a full recovery.

The RSPCA has advised pet owners to reach out to family, friends or charities if they can no longer care for their pet.

RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham branch are now appealing to help fund the cost of her surgery, which has exceeded £300 so far. If you would like to support the team, you can donate here.

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In other cat news, mum-of-three was elated to be reunited with her missing cat who had been gone for eight months.

Rachael Lawrence heard a meow in the background when she rang the vet to check on her other cat who was in for a procedure.

The 40-year-old, from Essex, asked if it was Torvi meowing but was told: "No, that's just a stray we had brought in a week ago".

Her older cat Barnaby, who is almost two years old, went missing last year.

And Rachael said she rang the vet back "a couple of hours" after first hearing the meow as it was "bugging" her that she recognised it.

She asked if the cat was black and was told yes, then if he had a white patch on one of his back feet, to which they said yes.

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