Whitstable vet furious by RSPCA advice to dump headless cat in wheelie bin
The headless cat was
taken to the Animed Veterinary Centre
by Sian Napier
An angry vet has slammed the
RSPCA after it told a woman to put a headless cat in her wheelie
The woman found the decapitated pet,
which was also missing part of its tail, in her front garden in
Woodman Avenue, Swalecliffe.
After being told by the RSPCA to put
it in her bin, she decided to take it to her vet instead and
told them what had happened.
Mark Moreton, from the Animed practice
in Oxford Street, Whitstable, said: "It is the most inappropriate
advice that could possibly be given.
"She should have been told to take it
to a vet's because many cats are microchipped now and their owners
can be traced.
"Because she brought it here we were
able to scan it. Unfortunately it was not microchipped so we can't
identify the cat and let the owner know. But if it had been put in
a bin then we would not have had the chance to do so."
said the cat was a white healthy female which had been well looked
after. He said the head had been severed cleanly and there was no
blood on the animal nor in the garden where it was found.
He said: "The woman who brought the
cat in to us also said the RSPCA told her it had no money nor time
to deal with it. It is not a great thing to say.
"We shall try to identify this cat and
will go through the registers of missing animals in the hope that
"It is really hard to say how the cat
died. It is a clean wound and I think the cat was killed or died
and then someone cut its head off. It does not look like an
accident to us."
RSPCA spokesman Klare Kennett said she
would talk to the charity's control room as the best advice in
these circumstances iss to take the animal to a vet's in case it
could be identified.
She said: "We are extra busy at
Christmas and our inspectors would not have come out to this kind
of incident, but our control room should tell people to go to a
"But I do not agree that the cat was
killed by someone. You will not believe the number of calls we get
"Often cats die or are involved in an
accident and a fox finds the body and takes the head off cleanly.
Sadly, in our experience, it is wildlife that does this and not
If you think this may be your
cat contact Mr Moreton on 01227 273005.
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