RSPCA Appeals for Witnesses After Cat Abandoned in Essex Garden

Witnesses asked to come forward with information

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses after a cat carrier with a ginger cat inside was thrown over a fence and into a garden in Essex.

The charity was contacted by a member of the public who found the three-year-old ginger cat inside the cat carrier in their garden in Victoria Road, Basildon, on Tuesday 20 February at around 4.15pm.

The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses, including a man pictured on CCTV in the area, who could hold vital information in connection with this incident. The RSPCA has released an image.

The man is described as white, wearing glasses, a dark jacket and light blue t-shirt. He arrived in the area on a bike.

ARO (Animal Rescue Officer) Michael Harrington, who is investigating, said: “It appears this poor cat was thrown over a fence and dumped in someone else’s garden.

“Thankfully, a member of the public spotted what had happened and went out and was shocked to find the cat at the bottom of their garden.

“The carrier had been taped-up and wrapped in a bin bag and inside the carrier was a bag for life with the cat hiding underneath the bag. The kind member of the public took him straight to a vet where he had a full check over. Thankfully, he doesn’t have any injuries but the vet explained that he has clearly been very stressed by the experience.

“We are now appealing for information and ask that if anyone saw anything in the area at the time to contact our appeal line on 0300 123 8018. We’d particularly like to hear from the man who we believe was in the area at the time as he may have vital information.”

The cat, which isn’t microchipped and wasn’t wearing a collar, was taken to Medivet Laindon who found a caring foster carer to look after the cat whilst the RSPCA makes enquiries.

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