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article imageKitten without leg bones getting surgery thanks to online donors

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 25, 2013 in World
Glasgow - A cat born with a rare genetic condition is getting an expensive surgery thanks to an online fundraising effort. The kitten will have surgery when he turns six months old.
Harvey is a 4-month-old kitten that was born with a rare genetic condition called radial agenesis, according to Yahoo! News. Harvey was born without bones in his front legs.
Put up for sale by his owner on an Internet auction site called Gumtree, he was spotted by a cat lover, who contacted an agency for assistance. The agency, Cats Protection, is currently looking out for Harvey.
Lorraine Currie, co-ordinator of Cats Protection's Glasgow branch, told STV News, "A friend of the branch spotted him [listed on] Gumtree. It said in the advert he had two broken legs but when she got there he had no bones at all. She felt sorry for him and took him home but it became clear he needed a lot of treatment and that's when we got involved."
He is reportedly a healthy and happy kitten, however this unusual genetic condition could lead to other problems later in life if surgery is not done. The surgery entails putting metal pins into his legs where the bones are missing, and it is a costly operation.
Cats Protection put up a fundraising effort online, which was also posted on Facebook. It was hoped the $4,700 (£3000) needed for the surgery could be raised.
That goal was met in two days with a whopping $5,000 donated by responders to the plea for financial help.
Described as a happy cat, Harvey will receive the surgery in two months and then has a long recovery time. Cats Protection plans to adopt him out once he's fully recovered.
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