Heartless cat owner dumps animals leaving note saying “Christmas is too expensive this year”

Bournemouth Echo: DUMPED: Nicola Anthony, of the RSPCA, with the abandoned cats DUMPED: Nicola Anthony, of the RSPCA, with the abandoned cats

A HEARTLESS cat owner dumped two black moggies on an isolated track and left a note saying “Christmas is too expensive this year”.

Fortunately the male long-haired cats were discovered by a dog walker in Pamphill, Wimborne, on the evening of Sunday, December 15. The dog walker spotted a woman getting into a blue car and driving off before finding the cats in the same place at the edge of a copse along a track used by very few cars.

Both cats are now being cared for at the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre until new homes can be found, and the RSPCA are appealing for any information.

RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond said: “These cats were dumped in a place where they were lucky to have been found and we’re very grateful to the dog walkers who spotted them and took them home until we were able to collect them. “The weather wasn’t good on Sunday and the cats would have been in an awful state had they not been found.

“We do understand that people have problems with finances, but to dump your family pets because Christmas might be expensive doesn’t seem like the owner had the right priorities at all.”

The cats are described as friendly and healthy, although their fur was a little matted and one of them was wearing a red collar.

Abandoned in a grey carrier, the cats were left with a note which read: “Two cats in need of loving home due to no fault of their own. “But Christmas is too expensive this year.

“I am also moving next Sunday and can’t have animals.”

Anyone wishing to re-home an animal from Ashley Heath should call 0300 123 0749.

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1:44pm Fri 20 Dec 13

PokesdownMark says...

Heartless? More like Brainless!

Assuming they were outdoor cats, they would have very likely had alternative sources of food in their regular territory. Instead, to take them to a remote location, locked in a carrier, and then bother to write a note is proof their owner was very very very stupid indeed. On several levels. They are very much better off without her.

Great looking cats though. I hope they find a loving home soon.
Heartless? More like Brainless! Assuming they were outdoor cats, they would have very likely had alternative sources of food in their regular territory. Instead, to take them to a remote location, locked in a carrier, and then bother to write a note is proof their owner was very very very stupid indeed. On several levels. They are very much better off without her. Great looking cats though. I hope they find a loving home soon. PokesdownMark

2:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

canfordcherry says...

I think the person must have an issue mentally, or be lying. If they were moving then I am sure they could have found an alternative owner or taken them to the RSPCA herself. As it say's they are healthy so she must have looked after them. I wonder if any vets recognise them and have records that could tell more about the owner? No excuse for dumping them.
I think the person must have an issue mentally, or be lying. If they were moving then I am sure they could have found an alternative owner or taken them to the RSPCA herself. As it say's they are healthy so she must have looked after them. I wonder if any vets recognise them and have records that could tell more about the owner? No excuse for dumping them. canfordcherry

2:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

beachcomber1 says...

is the Ashley Heath RSPCA facility a no-kill one? or do the animals only have a limited time there before they are executed oops euthanised?
is the Ashley Heath RSPCA facility a no-kill one? or do the animals only have a limited time there before they are executed oops euthanised? beachcomber1

3:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

echor23 says...

Good luck to the owner coping with their own conscience and morality. Clearly have no idea what christmas is about and hopefully they will get their due by someone dumping them on a roadside at christmas! Disgusting.
Good luck to the owner coping with their own conscience and morality. Clearly have no idea what christmas is about and hopefully they will get their due by someone dumping them on a roadside at christmas! Disgusting. echor23

3:54pm Fri 20 Dec 13

we-shall-see says...

Problem is all the rescue centres are full right now. My son had to rehome his dog and cat recently because a forced house move meant he could not take them into his new rented property - he was told there was a 3 - 4 month waiting list for them to be taken into a rehoming centre and he just didn't have that amount of time, so I had to have the pets until they could be rehomed.

It's all well and good saying take them to the RSPCA, but they will often turn animals away if they are full, so people may be desperate.


Having said that. this callous woman need not have dumped the cats in the manner or place that she did. I hope she gets found and charged with cruelty. There is no excuse for her behaviour!! >:o(
Problem is all the rescue centres are full right now. My son had to rehome his dog and cat recently because a forced house move meant he could not take them into his new rented property - he was told there was a 3 - 4 month waiting list for them to be taken into a rehoming centre and he just didn't have that amount of time, so I had to have the pets until they could be rehomed. It's all well and good saying take them to the RSPCA, but they will often turn animals away if they are full, so people may be desperate. Having said that. this callous woman need not have dumped the cats in the manner or place that she did. I hope she gets found and charged with cruelty. There is no excuse for her behaviour!! >:o( we-shall-see

5:00pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Vicvic says...

I would like to do the previous owner of these cats some serious and lasting damage
I would like to do the previous owner of these cats some serious and lasting damage Vicvic

6:50pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

Vicvic wrote:
I would like to do the previous owner of these cats some serious and lasting damage
well let hope they don't get rehomed with someone like VicVic.... if he is capable of causing serious damage to a human just imagine what he could do to a dumb animal !!!
[quote][p][bold]Vicvic[/bold] wrote: I would like to do the previous owner of these cats some serious and lasting damage[/p][/quote]well let hope they don't get rehomed with someone like VicVic.... if he is capable of causing serious damage to a human just imagine what he could do to a dumb animal !!! Chris the plumber

10:23pm Fri 20 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

If these retards with this mentality have kids they could be next.
If these retards with this mentality have kids they could be next. BIGTONE

4:38am Sat 21 Dec 13

Ginny nz says...

Evil **** , how could anyone do this to any animal . If you have to dump an animal do it at an animal shelter where they can be taken care of !!!!!!
Evil **** , how could anyone do this to any animal . If you have to dump an animal do it at an animal shelter where they can be taken care of !!!!!! Ginny nz

7:44am Sat 21 Dec 13

Lord Leven says...

Directly reported by the RSPCA, no interview with the person who found them.... I suspect it is at best a story that has been spun to provide good PR for this organisation that has received a lot of bad press in recent times (justifiably so in my opinion). Maybe even fabricated? Do not trust the RSPCA.
Directly reported by the RSPCA, no interview with the person who found them.... I suspect it is at best a story that has been spun to provide good PR for this organisation that has received a lot of bad press in recent times (justifiably so in my opinion). Maybe even fabricated? Do not trust the RSPCA. Lord Leven

12:09pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Veryhappyincomer says...

Lord Leven wrote:
Directly reported by the RSPCA, no interview with the person who found them.... I suspect it is at best a story that has been spun to provide good PR for this organisation that has received a lot of bad press in recent times (justifiably so in my opinion). Maybe even fabricated? Do not trust the RSPCA.
A similar thing happened to a friend of mine a few years ago. She was losing her home and her pets couldn't follow her. She asked the RSPCA at Ashley Heath for help and was told to have them put down. She was eventually able to place them at a rescue centre near Bishops Waltham of all places.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Leven[/bold] wrote: Directly reported by the RSPCA, no interview with the person who found them.... I suspect it is at best a story that has been spun to provide good PR for this organisation that has received a lot of bad press in recent times (justifiably so in my opinion). Maybe even fabricated? Do not trust the RSPCA.[/p][/quote]A similar thing happened to a friend of mine a few years ago. She was losing her home and her pets couldn't follow her. She asked the RSPCA at Ashley Heath for help and was told to have them put down. She was eventually able to place them at a rescue centre near Bishops Waltham of all places. Veryhappyincomer

1:25pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Kinzy says...

Hope they're rehomed together. Why is it so hard for people to take their unwanted animals into the animal shelters?
Hope they're rehomed together. Why is it so hard for people to take their unwanted animals into the animal shelters? Kinzy

1:29pm Sat 21 Dec 13

retry69 says...

Kinzy wrote:
Hope they're rehomed together. Why is it so hard for people to take their unwanted animals into the animal shelters?
Probably guilt plays a part but certainly no excuse for such behaviour :)
[quote][p][bold]Kinzy[/bold] wrote: Hope they're rehomed together. Why is it so hard for people to take their unwanted animals into the animal shelters?[/p][/quote]Probably guilt plays a part but certainly no excuse for such behaviour :) retry69

3:43pm Sat 21 Dec 13

wintonCheryl says...

A friend of mine went to ashley heath yesterday as they cannot take their greyhound to their new place.they were told that they couldn't take him and could only accept dogs the warden brought in.he's now going to keep him for a few days but to get him into the shelter he would have had to just let him loose and phone the warden and hope they pick him up.
A friend of mine went to ashley heath yesterday as they cannot take their greyhound to their new place.they were told that they couldn't take him and could only accept dogs the warden brought in.he's now going to keep him for a few days but to get him into the shelter he would have had to just let him loose and phone the warden and hope they pick him up. wintonCheryl

4:14pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

wintonCheryl wrote:
A friend of mine went to ashley heath yesterday as they cannot take their greyhound to their new place.they were told that they couldn't take him and could only accept dogs the warden brought in.he's now going to keep him for a few days but to get him into the shelter he would have had to just let him loose and phone the warden and hope they pick him up.
Too late now but you should take the dog to Ashley heath and say you found it wandering in the road and they will take it
[quote][p][bold]wintonCheryl[/bold] wrote: A friend of mine went to ashley heath yesterday as they cannot take their greyhound to their new place.they were told that they couldn't take him and could only accept dogs the warden brought in.he's now going to keep him for a few days but to get him into the shelter he would have had to just let him loose and phone the warden and hope they pick him up.[/p][/quote]Too late now but you should take the dog to Ashley heath and say you found it wandering in the road and they will take it Chris the plumber

7:00am Mon 23 Dec 13

goatty says...

Evil monster. People like this need to be exposed and faces shown on the Echo. Nothing to do with Christmas or moving. More like pregnant and did not want cats around. Lets hope this evil cow has a miserable Christmas and an awful New Year full of illness and misery.
Evil monster. People like this need to be exposed and faces shown on the Echo. Nothing to do with Christmas or moving. More like pregnant and did not want cats around. Lets hope this evil cow has a miserable Christmas and an awful New Year full of illness and misery. goatty

10:41am Tue 24 Dec 13

Dorset Logic says...

There are some lightweight people about.
There are some lightweight people about. Dorset Logic

11:50am Tue 24 Dec 13

Hari88 says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Heartless? More like Brainless!

Assuming they were outdoor cats, they would have very likely had alternative sources of food in their regular territory. Instead, to take them to a remote location, locked in a carrier, and then bother to write a note is proof their owner was very very very stupid indeed. On several levels. They are very much better off without her.

Great looking cats though. I hope they find a loving home soon.
Absolutely. I acquired my second cat when she started turning up daily to eat in my garden and refused to leave. Assuming she was lost, I took her to the vet, got the owner's details off the microchip and contacted them.

After a lot of strange reaction and gabbling, her owner eventually admitted not wanting her back and, since she lived nowhere near me or the heath I back onto, I am convinced she had abandoned her there. Luckily Mavis wasn't locked in a box or a carrier and could find her way to us for food.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Heartless? More like Brainless! Assuming they were outdoor cats, they would have very likely had alternative sources of food in their regular territory. Instead, to take them to a remote location, locked in a carrier, and then bother to write a note is proof their owner was very very very stupid indeed. On several levels. They are very much better off without her. Great looking cats though. I hope they find a loving home soon.[/p][/quote]Absolutely. I acquired my second cat when she started turning up daily to eat in my garden and refused to leave. Assuming she was lost, I took her to the vet, got the owner's details off the microchip and contacted them. After a lot of strange reaction and gabbling, her owner eventually admitted not wanting her back and, since she lived nowhere near me or the heath I back onto, I am convinced she had abandoned her there. Luckily Mavis wasn't locked in a box or a carrier and could find her way to us for food. Hari88

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