Cornish Cat Wins National Award

18 December 2018, 12:16 | Updated: 18 December 2018, 12:19

Dexter survived a horrific attack when he was shot through the mouth.

Two-year-old Dexter was deliberately shot in July this year, leaving him fighting for his life. 

His owner Ruth heard a cry in the lounge - it was Dexter, who'd dragged himself home and through the open conservatory door. But his leg was at an odd angle, he was covered in blood, icy cold and struggling to breathe. 

First they thought he could have been mauled by a fox or badger. He was wrapped in a blanket and rushed straight to the vets.

X-rays revealed that Dexter had been deliberately shot, possibly with an airgun, through the roof of his mouth. 

The pellets went through his mouth leaving his jaw fractured. 

Dexter also had an exit wound in the back of his neck and metal shrapnel embedded throughout his head, and he wasn't able to walk.

After several operations, he's now well on the way to full recovery and has received Pet Survivor title from PDSA. 

His owner Ruth Lewis who lives in Illogan said "I entered Dexter in the competition thinking it would be a nice way to recognise his incredible bravery, but I never expected him to win! I'm over the moon, it's an amazing end to what has been an incredibly difficult year for us all".