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Appeal for information after cat abandoned in Newton Mearns

close up of tabby cat in cage

We are appealing for information after a cat was abandoned at the Dams to Darnley Country Park on 1 June at around 8.45am.

We were alerted to the incident when a member of the public spotted a woman taking the cat out of the boot of her car and driving away.

The cat was so distressed that it then took Scottish SPCA inspectors over two hours to catch the animal.

Scottish SPCA chief inspector, Laura McIntyre, said, “The cat is a tabby female.

“A member of the public witnessed a woman pull into the car park at the location, open the boot of her car, place the cat down and then drive off.

Dams to Darnley Country Park

“The car is a metallic red Mazda SUV, with dents to the door on the driver’s side of the car.

“The person who left the cat is described as being female, with dark hair and in her 30’s.

“When the cat was left, the animal was understandably terrified and it took the inspectors some time to catch her.

tabby cat hiding in undergrowth

“They had to use a combination of a net, cat traps and a crate to contain the animal.

“The cat was so distressed that she was running around uncontrollably and, in an area with cars and dog walkers, this story could have had a much sadder outcome had we not been alerted.

“The person who let the cat go at that location didn't give the animal any chance of being found. If the member of the public hadn’t spotted the woman in the act no one would have noticed the cat was there.

“We understand that people’s circumstances can change, but this is not the right way to give up an animal. The cat has been caused a great deal of unnecessary distress by this person’s actions.

“Thankfully the cat is now in the care of one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres receiving the care she needs.

“We are urging anyone who recognises this cat, or has any information to please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”




If anyone is concerned about an animal, please do not hesitate to contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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