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Gravesend crash cat becomes face of PDSA charity appeal

Rella the cat
Image caption Rella was confined to a cage for six weeks after her operation

A cat whose life was saved by vets after it was severely injured in a road accident has become the face of an animal welfare charity.

Vets from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) said Rella, from Gravesend, Kent, had suffered some of the worst injuries they had ever seen.

The animal had a shattered pelvis, ruptured diaphragm and the contents of her abdomen were thrust into her chest.

The charity has now made Rella the star of a PDSA fundraising appeal.

Owner Jo Phillips, 83, took the cat, whose real name is Cinderella, to the PDSA after she emerged through the cat flap with her back legs limp and twisted.

PDSA vet Georgina Smith said: "Rella was in a deep state of shock when she arrived and was in a very bad way. One look at her and we knew we had just minutes to stabilise her."

After an operation, Rella was confined to a cage for six weeks as she recovered.

Ms Smith said: "It was touch and go for a few weeks but she pulled through. she's a real fighter. I'm so grateful to PDSA for their hard work. Without them, Rella wouldn't be here today."

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