Dis­traught fam­ily ap­peal for help find­ing Smudge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Tesco Smash - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A fam­ily say they are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly wor­ried about the fate of their cat Smudge who went miss­ing two weeks ago.

Vanessa Franklin, of Hunter Close in Willes­bor­ough, said 12-year-old Smudge had be­come a trusted friend of the fam­ily, par­tic­u­larly for her autis­tic son Con­nor, 15.

She said that to­gether with daugh­ter Kayleigh, 19, they have handed out leaflets and posters around Willes­bor­ough and South Willes­bor­ough, and have put a poster in the win­dow of their car.

Vanessa, 41, a care sup­port worker, said: “We are all re­ally wor­ried and anx­ious, es­pe­cially Con­nor, be­cause hav­ing Smudge has been a con­sis­tent thing in his life.

“He is re­ally quite sad about it and looks out of the win­dow ev­ery morn­ing to see if Smudge is sit­ting on the grass. He’s not your nor­mal type of an­i­mal lover but he is at­tached to Smudge.

“My friend and I have been out nearly ev­ery sin­gle day search­ing for him. Some peo­ple have rung us to wish that he re­turns home safe, while oth­ers have rung up with pos­si­ble sight­ings.

“We’ve put leaflets out around Willes­bor­ough, put a poster in ASDA, and posted on Face­book, so Smudge is be­com­ing quite the celebrity.

“We have searched in South Willes­bor­ough and in waste­land near the mar­ket but with no joy. We just want him home safe and well, and just hope some kind per­son has taken him in and is feed­ing him.”

She said that nor­mally Smudge is on pa­trol around Hunter Close at the bot­tom of Hunter Av­enue, but fears he might have got lost af­ter cross­ing the road.

She added: “We’ve been called out a few times, and one per­son said they saw the body of a cat ly­ing by the side of the road but we didn’t find any­thing.

“We’ve asked the coun­cil and they’ve told us they haven’t found any dead cats ei­ther so that’s why we think there’s some hope.”

Smudge is black and white, with black fur like a mous­tache and beard.

If any­one has in­for­ma­tion about his where­abouts please con­tact nessa35@hot­mail.co.uk or call 07788 216394.

Kayleigh and Con­nor Franklin are search­ing for their miss­ing 12-year-old cat Smudge, in­set

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