A COURAGEOUS kitten who battled back from the brink after a chemical attack is in the running for a top award.
Ruby survived horrific burns to her head and back and vets believe the injuries were caused by toxic chemicals.
Now the moggy from Portsmouth is up against five other pets for the coveted title of PDSA Pet Survivor 2015.
The competition recognises pets’ survival spirit, the love and devotion of their owners and the skill and dedication of the veterinary teams who helped to save their lives.
Ruby’s was found earlier this year as a stray, wandering the streets of Southsea with her terrible injuries.
She was taken to Portsmouth PDSA Pet Hospital in Middle Street.
Federica Falliva, the vet team leader, said: ‘We estimated her to be just four months old.
‘Her injuries were so severe that we did consider whether it would be kindest to put her to sleep. But she was so bright and courageous, despite the pain she must have been in, we just had to give her a chance.’
The feline soon stole the hearts of the staff at the hospital, particularly Natalie Lodge, who was working as a veterinary care assistant.
She fell in love with the tiny kitten’s adorable nature and fighting spirit – so much so that she named her Ruby and offered her a permanent home once she was well enough.
But Ruby still required weeks of intensive treatment and nursing, including daily wound flushes, pain relief, eye drops and cream applications, throughout which her character and will to survive continued to amaze the staff.
Natalie has continued Ruby’s care and the kitten’s wounds have completely healed.
Natalie said: ‘Ruby is such as little fighter and so adorable.
‘Her wounds are now completely healed and her fur has even mostly grown back, although some fur on her face has grown back white!’
Other finalists include a Staffie that survived being shot with a crossbow.
To vote visit pdsa.org.uk/petsurvivor.