A CAT which was put in a hot oven and burnt spent Christmas being cared for by veterinary nurses.
Hatty was brought to Chantry Vets in the city centre after being rescued by a woman in Belle Vue.
Staff at the vets practice hope Hatty and other cats like her who have been abandoned or abused will have new homes in the New Year.
Victoria Lee, practice manager, said: “Hatty was brought to us by a lady who was walking past a ginnel when a little boy ran out and said someone had been cruel to her and put her in the oven.
“When we examined Hatty she was very stressed, distressed and sweating profusely. Her fur was singed.
“She was quite lucky - she came out of it without any major injuries but it was an awful thing and I can’t imagine what would make someone do something like that to an innocent cat.”
The domestic short haired cat is thought to be one-year-old or even younger.
She was brought in last week but no one has come forward to claim her and she is now waiting to be adopted.
The vets practice, on Gills Yard, Northgate, are also caring for other cats including Holly who was brought in after being attacked by two dogs on December 19.
And Herman, a cute black moggy with white paws, is also in need of new owners after he was abandoned.
Staff have urged anyone interested in re-homing any of the cats to contact them.
Sarah-Jane Simpson, deputy veterinary nurse, said: “None of the cats that were brought in before Christmas have been adopted yet.
“At the moment they seem to be little bit bored but they’re all being cared for and look a lot better than they did when they came in.
“At night, when the mad rush of the day is over, they can come out of their little houses and get lots of cuddles from the night staff but what they really need is a safe and loving home.”
Anyone wishing to adopt a cat is charged £50 which includes the cost of vaccinations, a micro-chip and neutering services.
For more information call Chantry Vets on 01924 376858 or visit www.chantryvets.co.uk