Appeal launched after cat found tied to tree with washing line
ANIMAL welfare officers are trying to trace the owner of a cat found tied to a tree in the Borders.
Alice, a white and female tabby, was recovering in the care of the Scottish SPCA after being found abandoned near the B6359 between Hawick and Appletreehall on Monday around 1.30pm.
She was found tied to a tree with a washing line and is the latest in a series of pets found dumped locally in recent weeks.
Inspector Jenny Scott said: "This cat is in surprisingly good health despite being found tied to a tree. She doesn't have any injuries or marks from the cord that was used to restrain her which is something we'd expect to see, so we can only assume that she was tethered for a very short period of time before being discovered.
"The stretch of road Alice was found on is quite a busy route so we would have expected there to be a fairly steady flow of traffic at that time.
"We are keen to speak to anyone who either saw someone acting suspiciously in the area on Monday or who recognises Alice and knows who might have owned her.
"She's a very friendly, good natured cat who will make a fantastic pet so we're also hoping someone will come forward and offer her a loving home."
Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life. Anyone with information relating to this incident or wishing to offer Alice a home is being encouraged to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 02 May 12
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May 2, 11:46
Thats absolutely disgusting! Punishment for dumping an animal should result in the people who do it being taken out to the middle of nowhere with nothing and left to see how theyd cope! my cats are my babies and it sickens me anyone could do somerhing like this. if you are struggling to look after them do the decent thing and rehome the poor animal!!!
Recommend? Yes 9 No 2
May 2, 12:08
I would rather go without food than see my babies go without or have 2 give them up. Pets aint just for christmas but for life. How anyone can do that to a defenceless cat i'll never understand.
Recommend? Yes 5 No 0
C. Keenan - Berwick
May 2, 12:10
There's too much of this happening at the moment in this area. I just cannot understand what's happening to people, what's going on in their minds? They've just got no respect for these poor creatures. It's not just here though, it's worldwide, we hear about it everyday on the news and the papers. Only last week my partner told me about a stray pet chicken in a neighbours garden got battered to death with a shovel. The Police and RSPCA are doing nothing about it! RSPCA, don't make me laugh. All the money they make keeps them in a job! Cruelty to animals in labs for cosmetics really hurts me too but that's another story. The people who do it must be sick!
Recommend? Yes 6 No 0
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