Scotty – 3 days with a gunshot wound to the chest

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The day everything changed started just like any other day for stray boy Scotty. A morning walk, food scraps from a trash container, and a sunny patch to nap in.

Then someone shot Scotty in the chest.
Or stabbed him.
Or bit him deeply.

Scotty had not known such pain. He hid for the whole day. Later that evening he came out and lay on the street, hunched, head down, hurting, alone.




A kind soul who knew Scotty as the neighborhood cat was the first to discover his injury. But shelter could not be provided immediately so for days Scotty waited on the street, suffering silently, his wound bleeding. Eventually help was found, he was rushed to the nearby city and admitted to a veterinary clinic.

Scotty is asking for help
Scotty is painfully thin

After an emergency examination the vets discovered the following. Scotty has a deep laceration on his chest, which can be a gunshot, a stab or similar sharp penetration wound. A chest and neck X-ray will be done to evaluate the damage, and look for bullets. There is a deep pocket of severely infected tissue at the injury site, where the skin has separated from the underlying layer of flesh, which requires surgical drains to be attached.

Scotty must be sedated for the wound to be cleaned and for the drain to be attached; this is when the Xrays will also be done. Scotty is being stabilized in the ICU of the veterinary clinic, he is on two antibiotics, intravenous hydration, and under 24 hour observation.

UPDATE | July 1, 2016

Scotty’s wound has been cleaned and surgical drains have been attached. We have not been able to speak to the vet team yet, and don’t have results from the chest and neck X-rays, confirming the origin of the wound. Scotty is coming out of anesthesia as we speak. Please stay with him through this ordeal, and help us save his life!

Scotty just before going into surgery
Scotty after — still under anesthesia

We don’t know what happened to Scotty. But we know that we will not let him go. Please help Scotty live by donating for his emergency care and treatment. 

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If we succeed in saving his life Scotty will need a great foster or forever home — please email us on if you can provide it! He is in Sofia, Bulgaria, but transport can be arranged if the right home is found in another country. Share Scotty’s story, comment and follow updates at our Facebook page Let´s Adopt Global

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  1. Poor cat! 😢😢😢
    I hope he get’s better soon. No animal should pass through this!

  2. Donated.

  3. Trish Watchinsky says:

    While the injury is horrendous and that poor animal had to withstand so much pain I dearly hope that it is found to be a bite wound of a non-infected animal and not a cruel human intentionally harming this boy. Either way thank you for rescuing him and I dearly hope that he does well and finds a happy forever home where he will be loved and cherished forever!

  4. OMG. This poor, poor sweetheart. Blessings to all involved who helped save this beautiful boy! Praying they find the “animal” who did this to him and that he is charged and convicted to the fullest extent of the law!!

  5. This is so sad! I can’t believe that poor kitty has been suffering like that. He had no home no food or shelter and someone to care and love him. How could anyone hurt this innocent beautiful little guy. I pray he heals fast and gets a loving forever home! Thanks to the person who saw him and found help and to everyone at the vets who are caring for this poor baby!

  6. Bob Barlow says:

    Donated. God bless him.

  7. God Bless this poor baby! I have 4 of my own and a not so stable living situation right now or I would take him in a minute! I pray that someone can give him a loving, stable environment and get him healed and off the streets! Thank you to the kind souls who got him to vet clinic and medical care. Prayers to Scotty for quick healing!