Dorset cat rescuer 'laid up in hospital' after being bitten

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Cat rescued from tree after being stranded for three days

A tree surgeon who rescued a cat which had been stuck 40ft up a tree in Dorset for three days has been admitted to hospital after the feline bit him.

Mr Lines said on Facebook that he "was laid up in hospital" after the bite had caused an infection.

A fundraising campaign set up for self-employed Mr Lines has raised more than £600.

The online fundraiser aims to help him "recover loss of earnings after a kind act ended in injury".

Vikki Ekema from the Animals Lost Found Dorset group, which launched the fund, said: "He gave up his Sunday afternoon to rescue Sarah without any hesitation.

"We decided we needed to do something because he tried to do a good deed and ended up in hospital."

NHS advice says anyone bitten by an animal which breaks the skin should seek immediate medical assistance.