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Cat on the mend after being freed from stairlift by firefighters
TILLY the cat who had her tail amputated after getting stuck in a stairlift is recovering well from her ordeal.
Her owner, Maisie Wilkinson, 81, was hit with a £750 emergency vet bill in early September for the overnight care Tilly received after she was freed from the stairlift’s cogs by firefighters.
Generous Northern Echo readers Tony McMahon of Bishop Auckland and Pauline Wilson of the Newton Aycliffe-based National Animal Sanctuaries Support League (NASSL) stepped in to pay the bill and now both cat and owner are putting the ordeal behind them.
Mrs Wilkinson said: “Tilly is quite alright now; you wouldn’t think anything had happened to her.
“She dashes round after my big cat, he has problems getting out of her way.
“She still goes up the stairs, I wouldn’t go up them if I was her, every time I go past the place where it happened I think about it, it has affected me more than her in that way.
“It doesn’t seem to bother her that she doesn’t have a tail.”
Mrs Wilkinson, who lives in Darlington and survives on a pension, described her relief over the bill being settled by Mr McMahon and the NASSL.
She said: “It was a worry, I couldn’t afford it but I had written out a cheque for £100 as a first instalment because if could ever pay then it was going to have to be monthly.
“After I spoke to Tony I ripped up the cheque to the vet and re-wrote it to the PDSA in Middlesbrough who carried out the operation.
“My son gave it to them and they were very grateful.”
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