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Schoolboy saves abandoned cat

21 Jan 2010
Cat found in Delph Woods, Tullibody, Alloa

A young cat is recovering in Scottish SPCA care after a schoolboy found her dumped in woods in Alloa.

The female tabby cat, thought to be around a year old, was found abandoned in a grey and maroon plastic pet carrier in Delph Woods, Tullibody on Tuesday (19 Jan).

Eleven-year-old John Barrett was on his way home from school when he heard the cat's cries coming from the woods. When John looked up and realised the noise was coming from a plastic box, he went over to investigate and discovered the cat inside. John took the frightened puss home to his mum, who called us for help.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Louise Seddon said, "Thanks to John's quick thinking this little cat is now receiving the best of care at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres.

"We believe the cat was left in the woods at some point before 3pm on Tuesday and someone may have witnessed this.

"Although she's a bit underweight she is a lovely, friendly little cat. She's also very pretty with distinct markings on her coat.

"We're urging anyone who recognises the cat or who has information relating to this incident to call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999."

Abandoning an animal is an offence which carries still penalties including a maximum of six months in prison, a £5,000 fine or both. Anyone guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from owning animals for a fixed period or life.