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RSPCA issue appeal for owner after unwell cat found in poor condition

The cat was found in the Cwmcarn area of Newport

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information to try and track down the owner of a cat who was found on a Newport road unable to use her legs.

Despite being found on a road last Thursday (1 June) at Edwardsville, Cwmcarn, it wasn’t thought she had been in a road collision, but was just very unwell.

RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil said: “This poor cat was found in a very bad way. She was very flat, lethargic and anemic and had a severe flea burdon. She was taken to the vets and given immediate treatment.

“Very sadly the following day she collapsed and became comatosed. After no signs of eating or drinking it was recommended by the vet that she would be put to sleep on welfare grounds.”

The tricolor British Shorthair cat – estimated to be around two years old – was microchipped but unfortunately the details were not up to date, so an owner has not been located.

Christine added: “Despite enquiries we have not been able to find out her owner. If anyone has information please can they contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and can quote 1084246.

“We don’t know what has happened to her or who she belongs to, it is also possible she may have been missing for some time.”

The RSPCA is providing dedicated cost of living support for worried pet owners, which includes a telephone helpline on 0300 123 0650 and an online hub, which has lots of practical tips and advice, including details of pet food bank schemes.

The incident comes at a time when the RSPCA is dealing with a high number of abandonments. In April this year alone, they received 1,508 reports to their emergency line about an animal being dumped. That compares with 1,370 abandonment reports for the same month last year – marking a rise of 9.6%.