Miss­ing cat comes back home

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

The cat at the cen­tre of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the South Waikato SPCA has been re­united with its own­ers.

Pu­taruru cat Os­car hit the head­lines last week after claims were made that SPCA chair­woman San­dra Har­ring­ton­frost re­leased him in an­other town after he’d been mis­tak­enly trapped by a neigh­bour and ended up in their care.

New Zealand SPCA head of­fice is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing these claims.

Mean­while, just a day after the story broke, owner Anne-marie Mcal­lis­ter got a call from Toko­roa’s Tony Palmer - who read about the story- about a pos­si­ble sight­ing.

But after four weeks with­out him and sev­eral false alarms, Mcal­lis­ter and her chil­dren, Jas­mine and Liam Wilson, had their doubts it would be Os­car.

Mcal­lis­ter said Palmer didn’t have a com­puter or a mod­ern phone to be able to send her a pic­ture and so she called her hus­band Glen who was head­ing through Toko­roa at the time.

‘‘He called around and it was him,’’ she said.

‘‘He didn’t have a cat cage so it took a lit­tle bit of time but he even­tu­ally came to Glen smooching and he got him into the car.’’

She said it was a sur­real feel­ing hav­ing Os­car home.

‘‘We got home at 3pm and Glen had al­ready set Os­car up in Jazz’s bed­room with a dirt box, food, and wa­ter. Os­car was just cry­ing, smooching, and the paws were go­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘He def­i­nitely knew he was home but he was re­ally re­ally out of sorts be­cause it would have been like ditch­ing and adult or child in some re­ally un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory and say­ing find your own way home.’’

Mcal­lis­ter said Os­car was how­ever in good shape con­sid­er­ing his or­deal.

She said the New Zealand SPCA head of­fice has of­fered to pay for Os­car to be mi­crochipped.

Mcal­lis­ter thanked Palmer for help­ing to get Os­car back to her fam­ily and all those who had been out searching.

‘‘We just feel re­ally blessed that they read the pa­per and it goes to show the power of print is still there be­cause there are a lot of peo­ple that don’t use com­put­ers or have so­cial media,’’ she said. An el­derly man and woman were killed in a crash in Waikato near Toko­roa on Fri­day morn­ing.

Ian Smith, 80, and Mary Smith, 74, of Taupo, were killed when their sil­ver sedan and a truck col­lided on State High­way 1.

The truck driver re­mains in Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal in a mod­er­ate con­di­tion.

A truck and a sil­ver four-door sedan col­lided on State High­way 1 south of the Toko­roa Golf Club at 8.30 am, po­lice said.

The wit­ness de­scribed the sil­ver car as a wreck and said it was hard to tell what hap­pened.

‘‘It’s a mess,’’ the per­son said. ’’I don’t know how it hap­pened, I only saw the af­ter­math.’’

The per­son didn’t believe the ve­hi­cle be­longed to a lo­cal.

Res­i­dent Peter Wayne lives me­tres from the crash site. He said he was first alerted some­thing had hap­pened when he saw a ‘‘big row of trucks’’ out­side his home as traf­fic started back­ing up.

‘‘It’s a good, clear road. There are two yel­low lines so there should be no pass­ing,’’ Wayne said.

‘‘There’s usu­ally no crashes along this stretch un­less you’re not be­ing care­ful.’’


Liam Wilson gives his cat Os­car a cud­dle now that he is safely back home.

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