Hunt is on for cruel cat abuser
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 July 2011
AN URGENT appeal has been launched by the RSPCA after an overfed, maggot-infested furry feline was found abandoned at the side of the road.
The black and white cat was discovered in Frank Foley Parkway, Burnham, on July 15 and was so overweight he could barely walk.
The RSPCA was alerted after a member of the public discovered the middle-aged, neutered cat.
He was rushed to a nearby vet where an examination showed he could hardly walk or stand up due to his weight and he had injuries to his back end, which were covered in maggots.
RSPCA inspector Sue Dobson, who is investigating, said: “The cat had no microchip or collar but clearly this was an owned animal as he could not have reached this size as a stray. Someone must have been overfeeding him.
“He was probably dumped at the side of the road as he could hardly stand up let alone walk, so would not have got very far by himself.”
The domestic short-haired cat weighed a staggering 10.69kg and Sue said a healthy weight would be about 3-4kg.
She said he was so large he was unable to clean himself.
The pet was put to sleep on veterinary advice to end his suffering and the vet believes the open wound must have existed for some time.
Now the RSPCA is appealing for information in bid to find out where this animal came from and how he came to be in such a poor condition.
Sue said: “Somebody must know where this poor creature has come from and how he came to be in such a state.
“It is vital they contact the RSPCA so we can make sure there are no other animals suffering in this way.”
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234999 and leave a message for Sue.
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face up to six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.