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Girl’s toy sale saves pet cat

LUCKY CAT: Ebony Smith has sold all her toys to raise money for her cat Tiger's surgery. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
LUCKY CAT: Ebony Smith has sold all her toys to raise money for her cat Tiger's surgery. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

FOR most children toys are very important possessions, but for eight-year-old Bundaberg girl Ebony Smith, her toys are simply a means to saving her best friend, Tiger.

When Tiger required emergency surgery following an alleged attack, Ebony's mum was unable to afford the $800 vet bill.

Regretfully Kelly Smith informed her daughter Tiger would have to be put down.

But a determined Ebony immediately decided to sell all her toys to raise the funds and save her special pet.

Ebony found Tiger when he was just day's old, hand rearing the kitten and forming a special bond.

"When he was a tiny kitten I didn't want him to be alone so I took him to school and hid him in my desk and fed him with a syringe," she said.

"I used to dress him up in clothes and push him in a pram."

Miss Smith said she was incredibly proud of her daughter who has already raised more than $300 from the sale of her toys and was waiting for a further $200 for the sale of her trampoline.

"I sold my Barbies, Bratz dolls and my pogo stick," Ebony said.

"One lady gave me $50 and told me to put $50 worth of toys back into my room."

Tiger required stitches after Ms Smith allegedly went outside about 6.30pm on Saturday after hearing a noise and saw a youth holding Tiger in their yard.

Ms Smith alleges she confronted the youth who let go of Tiger, and the cat frantically ran away.

"I called out for him and I knew something was wrong but he wouldn't come back," she said.

"In the morning Ebony called Tiger and he came right out.

"He'd been cut around his genital area so we rushed him to the vet."

Ms Smith said her daughter had been left traumatised by the event but was well on the way to raising the money to cover the vet bill, and after a few more days recuperating, Tiger will go home.

Bundaberg police confirmed they were aware of the incident and were awaiting results of the vet report.

How you can help Tiger:

To purchase Ebony's toys visit one of a number of Bundaberg buy and sell Facebook sites including No Rules Buy Sell Bundy, Need it gone...sold around Bundy or Coastal Freebies.

Or visit Vet Cross Bundaberg at 2 Inglis Ct to make a direct donation.

Topics:  cat pets



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