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Cat falls from Burnaby balcony, SPCA issues 'urgent' reminder for high-rise pet owners

"It happens more often than people think."

A cat that fell from a Burnaby high-rise and had to have its leg amputated has prompted an 'urgent' reminder from the BC SPCA to those that live in such buildings. 

The non-profit says Destiny fell from the balcony of a high-rise building in January this year, which caused the petite calico cat to break its leg. 

The Burnaby SPCA confirmed to the NOW that Destiny was found on Erickson Drive by a good Samaritan who brought her to the vet.

The vet was able to track down the owner. 

She then had her leg put into a cast; however, the cast came off shortly after, which caused the leg to break again.

The guardian surrendered Destiny, who is being cared for at the Burnaby SPCA. 

The second break was allegedly much worse than the first and Destiny's leg had to be amputated. 

"It happens more often than people think," SPCA spokesperson Nicole McBain said in a news release. 

"Pet guardians need to ensure balconies are enclosed so animals can’t fall through the bars or off the railing. They should also make sure any open windows have screens to prevent animals from falling out."

The BC SPCA said that, as of March 24, Destiny had already been in its care for three weeks and estimated she could be at the shelter for another two depending on how she heals from surgery before she's ready to be put up for adoption.