‘Best present ever’ as pet cat miss­ing for 15 months re­turns

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACAT which went miss­ing for more than a year is back home af­ter be­ing dis­cov­ered sleep­ing rough less than half a mile away.

Six-year-old Ma­nia es­caped from a house on Gilchrist Av­enue in Au­gust last year af­ter get­ting out through a kitchen win­dow.

She had be­come con­fused be­cause her own­ers Marta Sz­tynel­ska and Krzysztof Kamin­ski had moved from Mac­cles­field to Manch­ester, but brought her back to Mac- cles­field to be cared for while they were on hol­i­day.

Af­ter two months of search­ing, Marta and Krzysztof were forced to give up the hunt.

But 62 weeks later Ma­nia has been re­turned af­ter Jen­nifer Bag­nall, who lives on New­lands Road, spot­ted her cow­er­ing in her back gar­den and called the RSPCA.

Marta, 52, who res­cued Ma­nia when she was a kit­ten, said : “At first I thought it couldn’t be true, but as Mike the RSPCA vol­un­teer de­scribed the cat he’d trapped over the tele­phone, I re­alised it must be Ma­nia.

“It is sim­ply the best Christ­mas present ever!”

It’s not been an easy life for Ma­nia, who was res­cued af­ter be­ing mistreated by her pre­vi­ous own­ers.

Krzysztof, 54, said: “Marta took Ma­nia in when she as a kit­ten. She was very fright­ened and very scared of men. She had a hard time at the hands of her pre­vi­ous own­ers, so we were very wor­ried about her be­ing out there on her own.

“I couldn’t be­lieve when we got the call.

“We really ap­pre­ci­ate what ev­ery­one’s done.”

RSPCA of­fi­cer Mike North, who res­cued Ma­nia, said: “This sort of thing doesn’t hap­pen very of­ten, es­pe­cially af­ter such a long time and with an an­i­mal that has not been mi­crochipped.

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“Ma­nia is one lucky cat and has prob­a­bly only sur­vived be­cause of the com­pas­sion of peo­ple in the area leav­ing out food for her.”

Jen­nifer, 29, who is mum to eight-year-old son Do­minic and baby girl Lavinia, called the RSPCA af­ter fail­ing to coax Ma­nia out from un­der a hedge in her back gar­den.

She said: “I have just moved into the house and no­ticed the cat sleep­ing un­der the hedge in the back. It was so shy, so I left some food out and made a lit­tle shel­ter.

“I’m just so glad we’ve been able to get them back to­gether.”

To find out more about the Mac­cles­field branch of the RSPCA or to vol­un­teer, go to rspca-mac­cles­field. org.uk.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Marta and Krzysztof are de­lighted to be re­united with their cat Ma­nia, who dis­ap­peared from their Mac­cles­field home in Au­gust 2014

●● Ma­nia was res­cued af­ter tak­ing refuge un­der a gar­den hedge

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