A cat may be down to seven lives after surviving being set on fire and being hit by a car before being re-homed with loving new owners.
The 11-year-old cat, named Torro, was rescued after his cruel owners set his fur on fire – before he darted in to the path of an oncoming car as he tried to escape the torture.
While being set ablaze and then mowed down by a passing vehicle may have been bad luck for the animal, it has led to him landing on his feet after being scooped up by his new owner, Rebecca Haybyrne.
Toro was taken to a vet by the driver of the car who hit him, where he spent six months undergoing treatment for his injuries before being released into a shelter.
Rebecca discovered the black and white cat there and immediately fell in love.
She told the Swindon Advertiser: "He has places his hair won’t grow back and he was very scabby all over his body for the best part of a year and a half afterwards.
"He had mental scars too that I have worked with him on. He still suffers occasionally, but he’s come an incredibly long way from the cat I took home."
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She added: "He grew to trust and love us which makes him part of the family.
"He’s always the first one there if I’m upset, rubbing his head on mine to let me know it’ll be okay. We help each other and that’s why he’s so special."
There were fears he may be down to just six of his mythical nine lives when he went missing when Ms Haybyrne moved from Oxfordshire to Swindon.
A workman was packing boxes into the back of his van at the same time Rebecca was preparing to move – and Torro hopped in the back of the work van before getting locked in.
The cat consequently ended up taking an unexpected trip to Birmingham – prompting a frantic search from his owner.
Fortunately, the animal was chipped and it wasn’t long before Rebecca received a call from a local vet to say he had been found safe and well.
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