A CAT which suffered horrific burns when boiling water was poured on its face is on the mend after being adopted by the couple who found her.
The stray was discovered by cat breeder John Longley near the car rental firm where he works in Canklow, Rotherham – and the vet who treated her thought she might have to be put to sleep as her injuries were so severe.
But now the feline, called Kylie by her new owners, is recovering following an operation to clean her wounds, and is settling in to her new home in Denaby, with John and his wife Diane.
After finding Kylie with burns to her face and neck, John and Diane took the cat to Abbey Vets in Barnsley, where veterinary nurse Melanie Spencer-Marshall examined her.
“She had dead or dying skin across her whole face and couldn’t see anything,” said Melanie.
“Judging by the condition of the tissue, she must have been in that state for at least several days so it’s a miracle she wasn’t run over or attacked by other animals.
“When I peeled back the skin I saw that she still had her eyes, although there is some scarring to the cornea, and her muscles were not damaged, so we could save her.”
John said Kylie is now getting to know his and Diane’s meangerie of 23 other cats and three dogs.
“She’s settling in well and some of her fur is starting to grow back,” he said.
“She seems really happy when you consider what she has been through.”
He added: “No-one knows what happened to her but I think someone must have thrown boiling water over her.”