RSPCA Cymru Rescue Elderly and Lethargic Cat Trapped in Gate in Wrexham

Animal welfare charity issues appeal for information to track down his owner

A cat who had trapped his back leg in a gate in Wrexham has been rescued by RSPCA Cymru.

The eldery tabby and white cat was found in a lethargic state yesterday (Tuesday 26 July) on Oxford Street, with a member of the public contacting the RSPCA after they were unable to release his leg – which was caught between the hinge and the gate. (picture attached)

RSPCA animal rescue officer Melanie Froude attended and was able to safely wriggle his leg out and took him to a vet for a check up.

“He was very lethargic and was laying down when I first saw him,” said Melanie.

“Luckily it was confirmed at the vets his leg was not broken but he does have an injury there as he is not standing on it properly.

“He is very skinny and his teeth are in bad shape which may explain his skinniness, and his front left leg is swollen.”

This rescue comes as the RSPCA have launched a fund-raising campaign called Cancel Out Cruelty which calls on the public to support the charity so frontline staff can save more animals in distress.

Unfortunately the cat – who has been nicknamed Freddie – isn’t microchipped so an owner has not been so far located despite initial enquiries.

“Poor Freddie is very old,” said Melanie. “The vet thinks he could be around 14 to 15 years old and isn’t in the best shape so may be a stray.

“But he is also so friendly and handleable so that makes me think he may have an owner. Hopefully if there is an owner out there looking for him we can find them soon.”

RSPCA Cymru is now appealing for the owner to get in touch or for anyone with any information about this cat to call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA would like to remind people to get their pets microchipped to give their lost pets the chance of returning home. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update your contact details if you move or change phone number. More information can be found at

Our frontline teams are working hard to rescue animals in need this summer but we can’t do it alone – we need your help to Cancel Out Cruelty. To help support the RSPCA, visit:

  • £2 could help to provide a meal for a cat or dog in our care

  • £6 could help pay to feed a dog for a day in our care

  • £10 could help pay towards bandages for a cat or dog

  • £15 could help pay for a cat or dog’s clinical exam

  • £20 could help pay towards a bird catching kit

  • £30 could help pay for a life jacket for an inspector

  • £100 could help pay towards water rescue equipment

  • £500 could kit out a 4×4 inspector

If you cannot donate, there are other ways you can help Cancel Out Cruelty, from volunteering with the RSPCA, holding a bake sale or fundraiser, or taking part in the #50MilesForAnimals challenge.

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