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Ordeal of junkie cat.

AITCH the cat has been coaxed back to health after his owner turned him into a junkie.

The five-year-old tabby suffered withdrawal symptoms following his rescue from a heroin user's house.

Animal welfare workers were told of his plight when his owner in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was jailed for drug offences.

Betty Foster, of the Cats Protection League, said: "He was shaking, his eyes were glazed, unfocussed and rolling and he was crying with pain.

"We took him to the vet and sores were found on his body which looked like he had been injected with drugs."

After weeks of tender loving care, Aitch is now ready to be given a new home.

He was named after H from Steps because he was brought back to health one step at a time.

Carer Jill Shaw, 43, said: "He's been treated appallingly. If a human injects himself or herself with heroin it's their choice. A cat doesn't have a choice.

"All Aitch wants is a lap to sit on, a hand to stroke him and someone to love him."
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Date:Apr 27, 2001
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