A stray black kitten with no tail has prompted a major Facebook battle against a city vet.
For the injured feline has the offer of a home – but the new owners have been ordered pay a whopping £530 before the veterinary surgery will hand him over.
The two-month-old kitten was picked up by dad-of-nine Andy Campbell after being hit by a car on a busy road near Stantonbury.
Andy and his wife Susan christened him Solomon and took him straight to Astonlee vets in Newport Pagnell.
“We were told he had a broken tail, which needed to be amputated. We phoned daily for progress reports and after a few days decided we would like to adopt him,” said Susan.
But vet Paul Manning refused to let Solomon go unless the Campbells paid £530 to cover his X-ray, operation, neutering and vaccinations.
“We can’t justify that much for one kitten. If we donated that to the RSPCA they could save dozens of cats,” said Susan, who lives in Great Linford.
The disappointed Campbells set up a Facebook page called Adoption Difficulties of Injured Kitten.
The page, coupled with responses from the public, has been slammed as “unjustified posting” by Astonlee, which has now removed the kitten from its own Facebook page.
Mr Manning told the Citizen: “We want this kitten to go to the right home with people who are responsible.
He added: “It’s not all about money but at the same time we do have a living to make.”