The black cat may need to have her tail amputated
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat with a broken tail was abandoned at the RSPCA Wirral & Chester Branch last Saturday.
A man arrived at the branch animal centre in Cross Lane, Wallasey, on Saturday 6 January at around noon before dumping the injured cat inside a broken cat carrier at their doorstep and driving off.
The cat was in need of urgent veterinary attention.
Last year, the RSPCA received 20,999 reports of an animal being abandoned – including 425 from Cheshire; with figures locally and nationally at a three-year high.
RSPCA inspector Lisa Lupson, who is now investigating, said: “The man was seen by the staff at the branch dumping the poor cat in a cat carrier. When they went out to tell him he couldn’t leave the cat, he swore at the staff and drove off in his vehicle. The man is described as being in his 30s, around 5 ’10’’, caucasian with dark hair and a beard. There was also a dark-haired woman in the vehicle who was driving a black Volkswagen.
“The cat is microchipped which revealed she is a nine month old female cat called Kale – and enquiries into who the owner is are still ongoing.
“Sadly, we know that some pet owners are struggling to look after their pets amidst the cost of living crisis coupled with the recent cost of Christmas but we’d urge people to please reach out for help rather than abandoning their pets. This cat needed urgent veterinary attention so although we appreciate the man tried to get her help by leaving her at the RSPCA, abandoning your pet is not the answer and sadly, this could have had a very different outcome had the centre been closed that day, or staff hadn’t spotted her. If anyone has any information about this please contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
Kale was taken to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital where she is receiving treatment and care for her broken tail – however, the injury is so severe she may need to have her tail amputated.
Once she is on the mend, if an owner cannot be found, the RSPCA will find a loving new home for Kale.
For 200 years, the RSPCA has been working tirelessly to bring animals to safety and give them the expert treatment and compassion they deserve with the support of fellow animal lovers.
The charity is asking animal lovers to join the winter rescue by donating to help rescue teams reach the thousands of animals who desperately need them.