The cat did not come back

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

The South Waikato SPCA is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated af­ter a fam­ily’s cat was mis­tak­enly trapped by a neigh­bour and then al­legedly re­leased by the so­ci­ety in another town.

But the claim is de­nied by South Waikato SPCA chair­woman San­dra Har­ring­ton­frost.

Last month Anne-marie Mcal­lis­ter’s fam­ily’s cat Oscar, went miss­ing from their home in Pu­taruru. He was a 6.5kg tabby they adopted last year.

When the usu­ally clingy cat didn’t re­turn Mcal­lis­ter and her chil­dren be­gan to worry so they asked their neigh­bours if they had seen him.

It was then they learnt from one neigh­bour that another of their neigh­bours had trapped him think­ing he was a stray and had taken him to a lo­cal vet.

The vet re­fused to eu­thanise the cat be­cause he was too friendly and, in­stead, gave him to the South Waikato SPCA.

Mcal­lis­ter said she spoke to Har­ring­ton-frost who told her Oscar had been re­leased be­hind the old SPCA shop in Toko­roa, be­cause he was an adult and would not have been able to be re­homed.

Mcal­lis­ter said she was ‘‘blown away’’ by what she heard.

Har­ring­ton-frost dis­puted the claims and said there was no guar­an­tee the cat brought in was Oscar. She said even if it was, he was a stray and not the fam­ily’s.

‘‘The cat had been re­lin­quished and it was also liv­ing at another ad­dress so they have been feed­ing a stray,’’ Har­ring­ton-frost said.

‘‘No cat was re­leased, he was adopted. I don’t want to go into it any­more be­cause the po­lice have been in­volved.’’

Mcal­lis­ter said they adopted Oscar af­ter his pre­vi­ous owner moved from the area. Oscar had kept try­ing to re­turn to his pre­vi­ous owner’s ad­dress - down a shared drive­way where they live.

SPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Andrea Mid­gen said the in­ci­dent was be­ing taken ‘‘very se­ri­ously’’.

‘‘We have re­ceived a com­plaint from the party down there and it sounds like things have not been done as they should have been but I can­not say a lot be­fore the con­clu­sion of our for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion,’’ she said.

Mcal­lis­ter said Oscar was picked up by the neigh­bour on a Thurs­day and she had phoned Har­ring­ton-frost that Satur­day.

‘‘Any­one who has cats knows you keep them in­side for 7 to 14 days be­fore you let them out in a new place,’’ Mcal­lis­ter said.

‘‘A do­mes­ti­cated cat is not go­ing to go ‘hey I like this new home on the street with no bed and no peo­ple to cud­dle’.

Call 027 558 7276 if you see Oscar.

‘‘A do­mes­ti­cated cat is not go­ing to go 'hey I like this new home on the street with no bed and no peo­ple to cud­dle'.’’ Anne-marie Mcal­lis­ter

LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

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Oscar the male tabby cat is be­lieved to be some­where in Toko­roa.

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