Ozzy the great survivor

Ozzy, a ginger cat from St Helen's, has been selected as a finalist in a national competition run by the PDSA
Ozzy, a ginger cat from St Helen's, has been selected as a finalist in a national competition run by the PDSA

THIS cute moggy has won an award for his bravery and miracle survival.

Ozzy, a ginger cat from St Helens, has been selected as a finalist in a The PDSA Pet Survivor Awards.

Six-year-old Ozzy lost a leg after a vicious dog attack and is up against five other pets for the coveted title of PDSA Pet Survivor 2015.

The competition recognises the pets’ incredible fighting spirit, the love and devotion of their owners and the skill and dedication of the veterinary teams who helped to save their lives.

In May this year, Ozzy was relaxing on the front wall when a dog walking past ferociously attacked him.

His owner Hayley Sharples heard the awful noise and rushed out the house just in time to see Ozzy escape and flee in terror.

For the next 36 hours, Ozzy was missing. His terrified owners mounted a full-scale search with help from the local community.

Amazingly, Ozzy was eventually found close to home – he had somehow crawled back but was barely alive.

He was rushed to Huyton PDSA Pet Hospital, where the severity of his injuries became apparent.

PDSA Vet Steven Goldie said: “Ozzy had a very bad fracture to his front left leg and a large gash on his chest. His injuries were so severe we don’t know how he even managed to crawl home. But Ozzy’s incredible will to survive was clear.”

Ozzy’s chest injury was stitched up and his leg was repaired with metal plates, but it was such a severe break that the bones didn’t heal properly. After careful consideration, the decision was made to remove his leg and Ozzy is now coping very well with life on three-paws.

Hayley’s mum Susan Follin, who nominated Ozzy for the award, said: “PDSA saved Ozzy’s life and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. It’s been a long process and he has been so brave through everything. He’s even a bit of a local star now as he was featuring on local Facebook pages and the whole community has been wishing him well. We’ve entered him into PDSA Pet Survivor to share his incredible story and to thank the vets and nurses who saved him.”

Susan put Ozzy forward for the award after PDSA issued a nationwide call for pets who have dodged disaster, beaten incredible odds or survived death by a whisker. The charity was inundated with extraordinary tales for the judging panel, which included Sean Wensley, a PDSA Senior Vet and current President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA). The judges selected just six pets to go forward to the public vote, which opens today (26 November 2015).

BVA President Sean Wensley said: “Reading these extraordinary cases makes me proud to represent such a hard-working and dedicated profession. Vets, vet nurses and support staff save the lives of much-loved pets like these every day. The tragic and painful circumstances endured by these pets, along with the devotion shown by their owners, make them all worthy contenders.”

Only one vote per person is allowed, the winner will receive the coveted PDSA Pet Survivor trophy and a year’s free PDSA pet insurance.

The winner will be decided by a public vote via the charity’s website - www.pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor.

Voting closes at midnight on December 13.