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Pet charity's most memorable cases


Wednesday December 30th 2009

A veterinary charity's list of most memorable cases in the last year includes a puppy that fell off a cliff, two shot cats and a dog that ate Homer Simpson. 

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) completed a record of 100,000 pet operations this year.

The charity has launched an emergency appeal of £600,000 this Christmas in order to be able to provide vital care for the high number of pets it is seeing.

PDSA senior vet surgeon, Elaine Pendlebury, said: "We see all manner of pet patients every day. It's incredible how some pets survive the ordeals they have been through. It's testament to their own fighting spirit and the great work of our vet teams."

The PDSA's top 10 most memorable cases over the last year include: 

:: Darcy, the Patterdale terrier puppy, from Sunderland, who plunged 45ft off a cliff and broke bones in three of her legs.

:: Tinsel, the cat, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, an airgun attack victim.

:: Harvey, from Huyton, a six-month old Shar-pei, who swallowed a cocktail stick.

:: Betty, a Staffordshire bull terrier puppy, from Thamesmead, south east London, who ate a full-length plastic arrow.

:: Smudge, a 13-year-old cat, who was shot with an air gun.

Copyright © Press Association 2009

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