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Dave the nose-less cat put down after 'sudden illness'

Dave the cat Image copyright Bath Cats and Dogs Home
Image caption Staff at Bath Cats and Dogs Home said nobody could "see past Dave's nose" to adopt him

A nose-less cat who was struggling to find a new home has had to be put down after becoming "suddenly very seriously ill".

Dave was taken in by Bath Cats and Dogs Home after his elderly owner went into a care home.

The animal had to have part of his nose removed a few years ago due to a tumour.

The centre, which campaigned to find him a new home, said his death was "unrelated to his nose".

It added: "With great sadness, it was kindest to put him to sleep".

Image copyright Bath Cats and Dogs Home
Image caption Staff at Bath Cats and Dogs Home said Dave was a "very loving cat"

The home said Dave struggled to find a new owner because people could not "see past" his unusual face.

It launched a campaign to find him a new home and had been "overwhelmed" by offers.

A spokesman said: "Sadly our happiness was short-lived as Dave became suddenly and seriously ill a few days ago.

"We hoped for the best but tests showed that Dave was suffering from a serious underlying illness - unrelated to his nose."

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