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Appeal launched for abandoned cat by SSPCA

Posted by: Samantha Bartlett  Date: 06/09/2013   Category: Latest News

The Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) has launched an appeal for a “terrified” cat that was found in Perthshire.

A couple who were driving past were said to have discovered the feline last Friday after it was dumped at the side of the A84 Stirling to Lochearnhead road, just outside of Callander. They found it in a plastic pet carrier, along with its litter tray, cat bed and food bowls.

The couple took the cat home before contacting the SSPCA, who arranged for the pet to recover at the charity’s Edinburgh and Lothian’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre. Staff there have decided to rename the cat Sylvester, according to a spokesperson for the charity.

Talking about the cat, Jenny Scott, a senior SSPCA Inspector, told scotsman.com: “Sylvester was dumped in a very dangerous spot as it’s a busy road. It’s no wonder he was terrified.”

She added: “Sylvester is in very good condition and his long coat has no matts or tangles. It certainly seems that someone has cared for him until recently and it’s really sad that he has been abandoned.

Ms Scott also said they are looking to re-home the cat with a new family. A spokesperson from the SSPCA also warned that it is an offence to abandon an animal under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

It was also reported this week that there have been a rise in the number of people getting in contact with the SSPCA claiming that cats have been drugged, according to edinburghnews.scotsman.com. Experts are worried that the practice, which has been labelled as “disgusting”, is now becoming increasingly common in the Scottish capital.