Cat Found In Tied-up Plastic Bag In Burton Reunited With Owner
Source: Derby Telegraph, Derbyshire, UK
A cat found abandoned in a tied-up plastic bag has been reunited with her owner after she learnt of her pet's plight via social media.
Natalie Stewart did not realise that anything had happened to her beloved pet Peppa until she saw an appeal for information on Facebook after a tortoiseshell female cat was discovered hidden in undergrowth in a country lane in Burton by a passing motorist.
The animal had been placed in a box inside a tied plastic bag. The cat was taken to the RSPCA where she was nicknamed Bagpuss.
Natalie, of Oxley Road, Burton, said she contacted the RSPCA when she saw the Facebook post and thought the cat looked very much like Peppa.
She said: "Peppa is the type of cat who likes to go out for three days at a time so we didn't realise at first that anything had happened to her."
"I feel disgusted and I can't understand why someone would do this to her. Animals can't speak up for themselves. Why someone would put her in a box, then in a plastic bag and leave her in a country lane is beyond me. I am 32 weeks pregnant and this has caused a lot of unneeded stress for me."
"She would have suffered so much if she hadn't been found. We are so grateful to the woman who found her and we'd like to personally thank her."
"We're so happy and relieved that Peppa is home, as is my four-year-old son, Shay, but we're also worried about her being outside again because anything could happen to her."
Since returning home, Natalie said that two-year-old Peppa, who the family have had since she was a kitten, had been jumpy. She added: "It is obvious that Peppa is shook up about what happened."
The RSPCA is investigating how Peppa came to be abandoned and is appealing for information.
A spokeswoman said: "We are delighted that we were able to reunite Peppa with her family. However, we are still concerned that someone deliberately did this to her. It is very worrying for her family and they are keen to find out who did this too."
"We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300-1238-018."