Shirley has cat cri­sis

Midland Reporter - - News - Lau­ren Pe­den

MIDLAND lo­cal Shirley Turpin is plead­ing for help to find homes for a fam­ily of cats she found liv­ing on a va­cant Samp­son Close prop­erty.

Mrs Turpin said the skinny but beau­ti­ful cats came out from un­der­neath the home, which is for sale, when she walked by about three months ago.

The Charles Street res­i­dent re­turned with food and she has con­tin­ued to feed the two adult cats and three kit­tens and make calls to an an­imal wel­fare group, the City of Swan and lo­cal vets about shel­ter op­tions.

“They’re get­ting big­ger now and I just can’t af­ford to keep feed­ing them like I’m do­ing,” she said.

“In the morning, they get their canned food and at night­times they get their bis­cuits and milk.

“I’m hop­ing some­one might do some­thing or some­one might come up and say they want a cat, any­body would love to get them, they’re beau­ti­ful kit­tens.”

She said other res­i­dents had of­fered food and milk to help her feed the cats.

“Every­body around here knows what I’m do­ing,” she said.

“I had a lady I didn’t even know stop her car and come over to me while I was down feed­ing the cats and she said ‘where do you live?’. When I got home, there were 12 cans of cat food, a packet of bis­cuits and some milk.

“An­other lady gave me pow­dered milk be­cause I’m go­ing through the milk like steam. You can’t let an an­imal starve. If I stop feed­ing them, they are go­ing to start killing all the birds and every­thing if they are hun­gry.”

She said both she and vet clin­ics, who made calls to the RSPCA on her be­half, were told to con­tact the City of Swan about col­lect­ing the an­i­mals.

City of Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Foley said con­cerned res­i­dents made the City aware of the aban­doned cats in March.

“So far, the City has re­ceived three cus­tomer re­quests and has been work­ing with the cus­tomers to try to re­lo­cate the an­i­mals,” Mr Foley said.

“The City has also made a num­ber of at­tempts to con­tact the prop­erty own­ers, with­out suc­cess.

“City of­fi­cers have now re­ported the mat­ter to the RSPCA for fur­ther fol­lowup and have of­fered as­sis­tance to con­cerned res­i­dents to cap­ture the an­i­mals with cat traps.”

Pic­tures: David Baylis d467705

Shirley Turpin has been feed­ing five aban­doned cats in a derelict house in Midland.

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