SHED ‘BREAK-IN’ MYS­TERY SOLVED BY CAT BUR­GLAR

Mis­chievous miss­ing moggy fe­line fine af­ter be­ing shut in paint store

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY DALE HASLAM

WHEN a gar­den shed was bro­ken into, the own­ers were left scratch­ing their heads about who – or what – was to blame.

The store’s door had been prised open and paint tins had been opened, with thick black paint thrown all over the floor. There was, how­ever, an im­por­tant clue which gave the game away: tiny paw prints. It turned out the dam­age was caused by a mis­chievous moggy named Bubba who had man­aged to sneak into the shed and cause quite a bit of havoc. The cat’s owner, Sarah-anne Mel­drum, said: “Bubba was miss­ing for three days and I was so wor­ried about him – and we had no idea how he came to be cov­ered in black paint when he came back.” She added: “When the owner of the shed got in touch, it all be­came clear what had hap­pened to him on his ad­ven­ture – and ex­plained how the dam­age was caused.” Ac­cord­ing to Sarah-anne, 46, of Coull Green, Kingswells, Bubba is pop­u­lar in his neigh­bour­hood and reg­u­larly gets at­ten­tion from friendly faces while on his trav­els. The eight-year-old is a crea­ture of habit and comes home each night – but panic set in on De­cem­ber 12 when he failed to re­turn home. Sarah-anne, who works in fi­nan­cial ser­vices and also runs a ‘jazzer­cise’ ex­er­cise class, said: “I was very wor­ried. The next day, I put out lots of ap­peals for help on ev­ery so­cial me­dia page go­ing. “One of my neigh­bours had a Sky engi­neer out for re­pairs and I spent quite a while track­ing him down so I could check the back of his van in case Bubba had hopped in, but he wasn’t there. I printed fly­ers and handed them out to lots of peo­ple – I even made some new friends at Kingswells Li­brary while search­ing.” As Christ­mas got nearer, there was no sign of the re­turn of Sarah-anne’s fe­line friend – un­til he strolled through the door on De­cem­ber 16 look­ing worse for wear. Sarah-anne said: “I felt so re­lieved and happy to have him back home – but I no­ticed he was cov­ered in black paint. “It be­came a prob­lem when the paint started to dry. He was try­ing to lick it and I was wor­ried that he might fall ill. He al­ready has a se­ri­ous heart con­di­tion.” Sarah-anne took Bubba to Town and Coun­try Vets in Kingswells where he was se­dated while the paint was re­moved and his nails were clipped. “The vets were ab­so­lutely bril­liant and did a great job.” Since then, Bubba has been ‘fe­line’ fine. How Bubba came to be cov­ered in paint re­mained a mys­tery un­til Sara­hanne’s neigh­bour got in touch on Satur­day, show­ing her pic­tures of paw prints all over his store cup­board. She added: “He is a painter who lives on the next street and told me he had seen one of my fly­ers about Bubba. He couldn’t quite be­lieve how Bubba man­aged to open the door or get out again. “He didn’t know what had caused all the mess. The paw prints were the only in­di­ca­tion. “He had quite an ad­ven­ture!”

Pic­ture by Kath Flan­nery

Sarah-anne Mel­drum with her cat Bubba.

Bubba hav­ing the paint he spilled re­moved from his fur

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