Pet owner de­lighted as boys find her cat

Miss­ing Sam spot­ted in street after five weeks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alex Ballinger

A WOMAN from Ruis­lip has praised the ef­forts of two teens who helped find her beloved cat Sam who had been miss­ing for more than a month.

De­spite putting up posters Su­san Mid­g­ley said she had given up all hope of find­ing the fiveyear-old fe­line after he went miss­ing from their west Lon­don home on April 24.

But after re­port­ing her pet miss­ing to An­i­mal Search UK, Mrs Mid­g­ley had a phone call to say Sam had been spot­ted just across the street by two boys.

Mrs Mid­g­ley, 73, said: “I was amazed and de­lighted. After five weeks we had re­ally given up hope.

“Those boys could have just not both­ered. They had taken the trou­ble to phone An­i­mal Care.”

Harry Etty from Ruis­lip and Greg Dando from East­cote, both year eight stu­dents at Hay­don School in Pin­ner, were walk­ing out of a shop in Howletts Lane, Ruis­lip on Satur­day June 4 when they spot­ted Sam.

The pair then con­tacted An­i­mal Search and the com­pany called Mrs Mid­g­ley, who lives in Howletts Lane, to let her know about the sight­ing.

Mrs Mid­g­ley and hus­band Terry, 65, then set about search­ing near the shop with a cat box when they fi­nally man­aged to track down their mal­nour­ished but oth­er­wise healthy pet.

Re­tired teacher Mrs Mid­g­ley added: “We took him straight away to the vet. He was fine but he had lost half his body weight. We’re re­ally pleased to have him back.”

Sam’s brother Char­lie, both of whom were res­cued by the RSPCA at six months old, had not been the same after his sib­ling took flight, Mrs Mid­g­ley said.

She added: “His brother was very up­set he was gone. He’s not too happy now though be­cause he was get­ting all the at­ten­tion.”

Mr and Mrs Mid­g­ley had of­fered a £100 re­ward for Sam’s safe re­turn and Mrs Mid­g­ley said the young­sters were de­lighted to re­ceive £50 each for their search ef­forts.

After be­ing de­lighted by the quick think­ing of the two teens, Mrs Mid­g­ley con­tacted their school to praise their help in res­cu­ing Sam.

Head­teacher at Hay­don School, Robert Jones, said: “It is al­ways very pleas­ing when we re­ceive pos­i­tive news about the con­duct of our stu­dents, es­pe­cially when they have ex­hib­ited the Hay­don Values of com­mu­nity and re­spect.

“I am very proud of the boys and they are an as­set to the school.”

Mr Jones added: “I do of­ten hear pos­i­tive com­ments about the con­duct or achieve­ment of our stu­dents in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Mid­g­ley added that they were not sure why Sam had de­cided to take off, but that she and her hus­band had taken to lock­ing the cat flap at night as a pre­cau­tion.

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