Cat dumped near bins dur­ing snow shower

An­i­mal cru­elty case

East Kilbride News - - COMMUNITY POLICING - An­drea O’Neill

A cat is lucky to be alive af­ter be­ing cru­elly dumped next to wheelie bins in freez­ing con­di­tions in East Kil­bride.

The small black fe­line was dis­cov­ered wet and shiv­er­ing in­side a ma­te­rial car­rier un­der com­mu­nal bins in Cat­a­col Grove, Lind­say­field last Mon­day af­ter­noon.

Scot­tish SPCA La­nark­shire an­i­mal res­cue of­fi­cer Sarah Parker said: “The male cat had been dumped in a ma­te­rial car­rier so his fur was soaked through by the time we man­aged to get him over to our cen­tre, where he has been named Cole.

“If Cole wasn’t found when he was, due to the snow and freez­ing tem­per­a­tures, he may not have made it through the night. This is not only a cruel in­ci­dent but it is also a crime and we’re ap­peal­ing for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to get in touch.”

SSPCA La­nark­shire were called out to more than 8000 heart­break­ing in­ci­dents of an­i­mal cru­elty last year.

Front­line staff re­sponded to 8140 cases where an­i­mals were abused or ne­glected as a re­sult of calls to their helpline.

Chief su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Flynn in­sists ed­u­ca­tion is key to pre­vent­ing cru­elty. He said: “While Scot­land is a na­tion of an­i­mals lovers, un­for­tu­nately there are some who still abuse and ne­glect an­i­mals. We are en­cour­aged by the con­tin­ued suc­cess of our Preven­tion through Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme for pri­mary schools, which reached over 37,770 chil­dren in the La­nark­shire area.”

The char­ity also cared for over 2200 an­i­mals at their La­nark­shire cen­tre and found new homes for over 1100.

Aban­don­ing an an­i­mal is an of­fence. Any­one found guilty of do­ing so can ex­pect to be banned from keep­ing an­i­mals for a fixed pe­riod or life. Con­tact the an­i­mal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Heart­break­ing Cole was found soak­ing af­ter be­ing dis­carded amongst trash in this car­rier, in­set

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