More than $6,000 raised for Waterloo Street cat Ginger seriously hurt in accident

Affectionately known as Ginger, the seven-year-old cat was found with serious head injuries by a group of office workers in the basement car park of Bylands Building at Middle Road.
Affectionately known as Ginger, the seven-year-old cat was found with serious head injuries by a group of office workers in the basement car park of Bylands Building at Middle Road.PHOTO: SAVE GINGER THE WATERLOO CAT / FACEBOOK
Ginger had a procedure on Saturday and its condition has "stabilised", said Mr Patrick Yeo who found out about the incident when he received a message from a group that he and 15 others are part of.
Ginger had a procedure on Saturday and its condition has "stabilised", said Mr Patrick Yeo who found out about the incident when he received a message from a group that he and 15 others are part of. PHOTO: SAVE GINGER THE WATERLOO CAT / FACEBOOK

SINGAPORE - More than $6,000 has been raised by a group of animal lovers to cover the medical expenses of a neighbourhood cat which was apparently knocked down by a motorcycle on Wednesday evening.

Affectionately known as Ginger, the seven-year-old cat was found with serious head injuries by a group of office workers in the basement car park of Bylands Building at Middle Road.

Mr Patrick Yeo, 38, a private investigator, found out about the incident when he received a message from a group that he and 15 others are part of.

They work nearby at Waterloo Centre and feed Ginger and another neighbourhood cat, Oliver, regularly.

The group set up a Facebook page to appeal for donations and they have raised more than $6,000 as of Friday night.

Mr Yeo, who is managing the funds, said that the medical expenses came up to $3,800 so far, including $1,500 for a CT scan, and a $850 accident and emergency bill.

Ginger had a procedure on Saturday and its condition has "stabilised", said Mr Yeo.

He added that the vet will perform reconstruction surgery for its broken cheekbone and jaw next, so that the cat can chew again. The procedure is tentatively set for Tuesday.

Mr Yeo said a member of the group who viewed the CCTV footage on Friday said the cat was knocked down by a motorcycle.

"We suspect the footrest pedal hit the cat. After that, the bike rode off," said Mr Yeo.

"The footage showed the incident at an angle, limited view. We can't be sure it was an accident involving a bike or a case of abuse. We want to catch the culprit," he said.

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