(Tucker/BC SPCA)

This has been quite a painful week for one of Vancouver Island’s most lovable furry inhabitants.

Tucker, the orange tabby, was taken to the vet to be euthanized after being heavily injured, but the doctor did not comply with his owner’s wishes.

He was then dropped off at Comox Valley’s BC SPCA detachment, where doctors were forced to amputate his leg.

“It is believed that Tucker was stepped on by a horse on the farm where he lived,” says Emily Priestley, branch manager at the Comox Valley & District SPCA.

“He suffered breaks in the leg and in his foot, leaving him with no choice but to have the leg amputated.”

The young cat will have to stay at the SPCA for about a month before he’s ready for adoption, and his medical bills cost about $1,400.

At the time of publication, the organization has been able to raise $345 to cover the costs of healing this affectionate “cuddle bug”, and is appealing to the public for help.

If you’d like to help Tucker, you can donate here or visit the Comox Valley SPCA detachment at 1668 Ryan Rd E, Comox.

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