El­derly cat aban­doned in box

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

South Waikato SPCA in­spec­tors are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about a cat left aban­doned in a box last week.

About 10.30am on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 13, two couri­ers driv­ing along Bal­moral Drive found a card­board box on the side of the road.

De­cid­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the pair read a mes­sage writ­ten across the top of the sealed box that said ‘‘So­phie is my name. I am about 14-15 years old. We have moved to South Is­land.’’

The now alarmed couri­ers opened it quickly to find a fe­male cat in­side.

The pair brought So­phie to the SPCA shel­ter in Giles St and gave her to South Waikato SPCA In­spec­tor Lorna Hutchinson.

‘‘We don’t know how long So­phie was sealed in­side the box and when last she had eaten or had ac­cess to wa­ter,’’ Mrs Hutchinson said. ‘‘ When she ar­rived here, she went straight to the wa­ter.’’ Sun­day had been a hot and hu­mid day and con­di­tions in the box would have been ter­ri­ble, she said.

The South Waikato SPCA is ap­peal­ing for any­one who might know who So­phie be­longed to and where her own­ers have gone to con­tact the SPCA. So­phie had to be put down last week.

UN­WANTED: So­phie was left sealed in a box in Toko­roa last week.

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