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The RSPCA is caring for an injured kitten after he was discovered alone and struggling to walk in Durham.
Dusty, the eight-week-old kitten, was spotted by a member of the public lying in the middle of the road with an injured right paw in Commercial Street on Sunday.
Inspector Krissy Raine said: “Dusty was lucky he was spotted when he was as he really needed help. Luckily, his paw isn’t broken but vets believe his injury could be nerve damage, possibly from a bite wound or maybe he was stuck in something and damaged his paw as he struggled free.
"This little fella isn’t microchipped so we haven’t been able to find an owner for him, or find out what happened to cause his injuries, unfortunately.
“The vets believe it could take around two months before he is back to full health and can walk properly again. However, despite his injury, he is starting to come out of his shell and has even started walking on his injured leg. He has lots of energy and will purr when he gets some fuss and loves playing with his toys, just like any other kitten.”
Once Dusty has recovered he will be available for rehoming through the RSPCA Cat Hub.