WHEN emergency vet Ben Trimmer took a call in the middle of the night to treat a badly injured cat hit by a car he wasn’t hopeful.
He was shocked to see the condition of the patient and feared he wouldn’t pull through.
But there was even more of a shock to come.
When Ben, 34, scanned the animal to see if it had an identity microchip he discovered it was none other than his own four-year-old cat George who he had seen just a few hours earlier at his Denmead home.
George was in such a bad way Ben, who works at Download Veterinary Practice, Emsworth, hadn’t recognised him.
He said: ‘When I arrived at the practice I couldn’t believe the state of the cat.
‘I’ve never seen an animal so badly injured.
‘On first sight it didn’t look likely that he would make it through the night and, being a suspected stray, we were limited with the treatment we could offer it unless an owner could be identified and contacted using microchip technology.’
When the microchip revealed Ben as the owner he set to work.
‘My initial feeling was shock but quickly the clinical side of my brain kicked in.’
Bones around George’s face had been shattered, his pelvis was detached from his spine, a cruciate ligament was ruptured inside one of his knees and there was damage to outside of another leg.
George was in hospital for eight weeks following the accident in October and underwent £4,500 worth of surgery.
Fortunately he is now back to the handsome, healthy cat he was before his accident.
Ben, a dad of one, said: ‘He is doing really well now, he’s out and about again causing trouble. The guy that hit him rang up the following day to ask how he was and it turns out the accident happened very close to my house but I didn’t hear a thing.’
Ben added: ‘I’m just so glad that I made the decision to get him microchipped with Tracer or he would never have been identified and his life could very well have been lost.’
National Microchipping Month runs throughout June. Go to tracer-microchips.co.uk.