Miracle cat survivor to scoop top award

Cat owner Lesley May from St Helens with Dusty, her 12-year-old cat
Cat owner Lesley May from St Helens with Dusty, her 12-year-old cat

A St Helens pet owner has new hope after her miracle cat made the finals of competition to find the nation’s most remarkable survivor.

Little Dusty lost more than one of her nine lives after she was run over by a car, which left her with a shattered jaw, lost teeth and a damaged face.

Owner Lesley May of Newbold was told the 12-year-old feline wouldn’t survive. But almost a month later, and after numerous operations, Dusty is making a full recovery.

And vet charity PDSA runs the annual Pet Survivor competition has now put her forward for the annual Pet Survivor competition.

Lesley, 65, said: “I’m so proud of everything she has overcome, she’s a little fighter.

“And she certainly wouldn’t have been here without the PDSA. She’s such a beautiful cat, I was worried sick when it happened - I barely slept.”

Dusty had hidden under Lesley’s daughter Lisa’s car after being chased by a dog. Unknowing, Lisa drove off only for Dusty to fall out of the car almost four miles away.

It was here she was involved in the accident. Two passers by found Dusty and contacted Lesley before the feline was rushed to the vet. Dusty was admitted to PDSA in Huyton, Liverpool, for intensive treatment. Now Lesley is urging pet owners to check under their car before driving.

She added: “I also want to urge dog owners not to let them off the lead in the dark nights. And I would also like to thank everybody who helped, found and looked after Dusty. She wouldn’t be here without them.”

To vote text ‘Dusty’ to 70099. Each text received will donate £2 to PDSA.