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South Boston cat recovering after leg impaled on fence

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 31, 2012 11:58 AM

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(Image courtesy the Angell Animal Medical Center)

Shabby might be missing a little fur. But thanks to the quick work of her owner and the Angell Animal Medical Center, she returned home Monday.

A South Boston cat might have used up one of her nine lives when her leg was impaled on a fence Sunday morning.

Thanks to the quick action by its owner, David Shaughnessy, the Boston Fire Department, and the veterinarians at the Angell Animal Medical Center, a 4-year-old orange tabby named Shabby has returned home safe and sound.

“We’re so glad to have Shabby back, as she’s an integral part of our family,” Shaughnessy said in a statement. “It’s shocking to see what she went through and we’re very glad that her injury wasn’t life threatening, and she was able to get the care she needed to continue recovering.”

Shaughnessy said he heard the cat’s cries Sunday morning and went to investigate. When he found Shabby, she was unable to move with a spike from an old fence impaled in her right hind leg. Distraught, Shaughnessy called the local fire department that was able to remove the spike and rushed her to the medical center.

“Shabby is a very lucky cat, as it turns out the spike missed vital organs and large muscles that, if damaged, might have been fatal,” Dr. Lindsey Nielsen of the center’s Emergency and Critical Care Unit said in a statement.

Veterinarians at the center expect Shabby to be back on her paws after a short rest and recovery period.

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