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    • 30 Sep, 2015

    Animal Welfare Officer Month: Cat found covered in petrol

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    Our Animal Welfare Officers were shocked when a cat was brought in, covered in what smelled like petrol. We can only assume that the person who did this was planning to set him on fire but, thankfully, they had not followed through.

    A member of the public had noticed the cat sitting on top of a dustbin while she was out shopping. She saw that he had a fried chicken takeaway box stuck around his waist so she approached to check he was ok. When she got close to him she was horrified to see he was soaked to the skin and that he very strongly smelled of petrol.

    The lady who discovered him immediately brought him to The Mayhew where our Animal Welfare Officers AJ and Tania checked him over, cleaned him up and named him Diesel. He is an older cat (around 19 years) which is perhaps why he had been preyed upon by the perpetrator as he hadn’t been able to run away fast enough. Despite his ordeal, Diesel was very loving and affectionate towards The Mayhew staff so we knew he must be owned, although he was not wearing a collar or microchipped.

    After such a traumatic experience we were determined to go the extra mile for Diesel and find his owner so Tania and AJ put up posters around the neighbourhood where he was found. The next day we received a call from his owner who had been incredibly worried and we were able to happily reunite them.

    Understandably, his owner was horrified to hear what state he had been found in and was so grateful that he had been rescued before the unthinkable happened. We gave the owner some advice on how to best care for Diesel in the final stages of his life and that it might be best to keep him indoors due to him being quite shaken up.

    Diesel is now back at home where he belongs and can happily live out the rest of his days with his owner, being loved and cared for.

    Our Animal Welfare Officers carry out hundreds of hours of work behind the scenes to combat animal abuse and neglect and they work tirelessly to ensure that cats and dogs reach the safety and care offered by us. Find out more about their work across London and please consider making a donation to help them rescue more neglected and abused animals.

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    Thank you.

     

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