Cat with Gun-Shot Wounds Undergoes Surgery in Nashville


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – A cat is recovering in the intensive care unit at BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Brentwood after undergoing surgery to repair gun-shot wounds Tuesday.

The 2-year-old American short-hair orange tabby cat, named Timmy by rescuers, was found Monday near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds by a good Samaritan who turned him over to Nashville Cat Rescue.timmy 2

IMG_3823.JPGX-rays taken by Nashville Cat Rescue’s veterinarian confirmed Timmy had been shot in both front legs.

Nashville Cat Rescue’s veterinarian referred Timmy to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a hospital with specialty services for pets in Brentwood.

After having additional imaging studies at BluePearl to determine the extent of the damage, Timmy had surgery to repair his front right leg by Dr. Kevin Au, a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Timmy’s left front leg was amputated due to the extensive damage.timmy 1

Timmy required a blood transfusion and is being given antibiotics and pain medications, but he is expected to make a full recovery to a good quality of life.

People interested in donating to Timmy’s care should contact the Nashville Cat Rescue via their website at

About BluePearl Veterinary PartnersBluePearl Vet in Brentwood, TN
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.