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Errol the cat has nine lives, three legs

No one knows where he came from, but what they do know is that the winsome brown tabby who’s been nicknamed, “Errol,” is lucky to be alive.

One of the bones in Errol's left hind leg had snapped in half as a result of a car accident. It has to be amputated to save the cat's life.
Angell Animal Medical Center
A likely victim of a car accident, Errol the cat had lifesaving surgery at the Angell Animal Medical Center
Rob Halpin, MSPCA/Angell

He was scooped up by a caring passerby in West Roxbury 10 days ago, laying injured and crippled on the side of the street, a likely victim of a hit and run. The good Samaritan recognized immediately that Errol was in pretty bad shape, and brought him to the emergency room at the Angell Animal Medical Center, where vets administered painkillers and took X-rays of his left leg, which had been shattered by the car’s impact.

The bad news was that the one of the main bones in Errol’s leg had literally snapped in two, such that it couldn’t be repaired. Angell vets determined that the only remaining option was to amputate the useless leg in order to ensure Errol’s survival, and preserve his quality of life.

The good news is that the surgery was successful, and Errol, who has become a hospital favorite, is now happily recuperating on three legs while he awaits adoption into a new family.

“Unfortunately, we see many cats that have been struck by cars, and too many times the story doesn’t have a happy ending,” explained Amanda Kennedy, Director of the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center. “What happened to Errol is terrible, but he’s a very brave cat and he’s recovering well from his operation. We’re confident that we’ll be able to find him the perfect home.”

MSPCA-Angell has created a donation page for Errol, where prospective donors can contribute to the cost of his care, and for the care of animals like him. Though Errol’s story has a happy ending, that’s not the case for many other cats who are allowed to roam outdoors, where dangers abound. The organization strongly suggests that all cats be kept indoors, and to that end, it has a list of recommendations for how to keep indoor cats happy and content.

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