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Plea to owner after cat Sparkle found impaled on 17-inch spike.

Byline: JASBIR AUTHI News Reporter jasbir.authi@trinitymirror.com JABHAMMAIL @

IT could have been a cat-astrophe - but now Sparkle is feline fine after having a 17-INCH metal spike removed from her leg.

The lucky tabby was thought to have been spooked by exploding fireworks when she jumped on to garden railings in Bromford Lane, Washwood Heath, last Friday.

But a resident heard her distressed wails and she was later cut free by firefighters alerted by the RSPCA.

Now Sparkle's is recovering at the charity's Newbrook Farm Animal Hospital and the hunt is on for her owner. RSPCA inspector Becky Cooper said: "We don't know for certain how long she was there but she was very lucky to have been found when she was. We think Sparkle is somebody's pet as she is happy to be handled, has been neutered and is in good condition.

"But she is not microchipped and did not have a collar so we have not been able to trace anyone.

"We believe Sparkle jumped down from a taller fence onto the metal railing, possibly quickly because there were a lot of fireworks going off.

"The person who found her had been calling for their own cat when they heard meowing at the back of the garden. When I got there, it was obvious I would not be able to free her without the help of West Midlands Fire Service.

"They arrived very quickly and were absolutely brilliant in cutting her free from the fence."

"But there might be a family out there who are missing their muchloved pet cat."

Hospital manager Craig Osborne said: "Sparkle is doing very well on antibiotics and pain relief. She is still poorly but is making improvements every day."

Anyone with information about Sparkle's owner should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

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Sparkle the cat recovers after having the metal spike, above, removed

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