Missing cat comes back home
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.