A six-week-old kitten was miraculously saved from an horrific fate after volunteer rescuers found her stuffed inside a zip-lock bag with a hideous face injury.
Animal charity volunteers said it was “lucky” they found the tiny animal, named Pearl, when they did, as they only ever check the backyard when they take out the rubbish, the Liverpool Echo reports.
County Cat Rescue volunteers in Walton have admitted they were shocked when they discovered the horrifying condition Pearl was left in.
Maria Miller, owner of the charity, said: “Our building is an old bank, and the wall is at least 16-feet-high, so she has come down with a bang.
“She had no fur on her, her body was like a hard shell.
And the charity have revealed that the poor moggy was so infected and she had to get to a vet as soon as possible because she was constantly scratching due to a grim skin infection.
“Pearl had to have steroid injections, but she carried on with the scratching even when it started to grow back in patches, but then she scratched her eyeball,” Maria went on.
The selfless cat-lover took the kitten to a vet, who provided her with ointment to ease the pain caused by the scratches.
But the situation became far worse.
Maria said: “One day when we came to the rescue we found her hiding in the cupboard, and when we got her out of there, her eyeball had exploded.
“We rushed her to the vet, and they had to operate and take her eye out, and she’s only six months old now.”
Alongside having her eye removed and a serious skin condition, caused by untreated fleas, Pearl also has a heart condition.
Pet lovers and the community rallied together to raise the £1,010 that was needed for the operation, including a single donation of £115.
Maria said: “We are only a small rescue and not really well known, we have been going for about three years, so it is hard for us sometimes, but we will never turn anyone away who needs help.
“Joanne helped us out a lot, and has been fundraising for Pearl to help pay for her operation.
If it wasn’t for kind-hearted people we would have been stuffed.” She added: “She is doing well now, she still needs a steroid injection every month to help with the scratching, we do not want her to lose her other eye.
Her fur is growing back and she is eating normally, she just deserves a loving home after everything she has been through.”