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Anger after tabby cat found dumped in the snow outside Kinson vets
STAFF at a veterinary surgery were horrified to discover an elderly cat taped up in a cardboard box on Friday.
The female tabby cat had been left in snow outside the back door of Aniwell Veterinary Clinic in Wimborne Road, Kinson, with just a scarf for warmth and some food scattered in the box.
It is thought she was there for around three hours before she was discovered by a nurse.
Administrator Jane Ward said: “Luckily, the cat is alive, but she had been sealed into a microwave box.
“She is extremely cold and in very poor condition. She has a flea problem and possibly a thyroid problem too.”
There is no way to identify the cat, who has not been chipped and is not wearing a collar.
However, staff have dubbed her ‘Mavis’.
Veterinary nurse Sam Rogers said: “She was named on Friday afternoon.
“Because she was found in a microwave box, she’s Microwave Mavis. The Cats Protection League have called us to say she will be taken in on Monday, and until then, she’s staying with us.”
Vets were shocked that someone had dumped the affectionate pet in such cold weather.
“How can anybody do something like this?” Mrs Ward said. “They could have brought her into reception and left her there, but instead they left her outside in the cold.
“She wouldn’t have survived if she’d been out there for a night.
“We believe she was out there for around three hours, but it’s just good luck that one of the nurses found her.”
The cat will be staying at the vets until she can be re-homed by a charity.
Mrs Ward said: “Hopefully the Cats Protection League will be able to contribute to her medical care. There’s no way of finding out who the cat belonged to. It’s very sad that someone could do this to their pet.”