Taped-up & Tossed Out with the Rubbish: Barbara’s Story

Whilst out walking around her neighbourhood, a member of the public was surprised by the loud sounds of a cat crying. The noises seemed to be coming from some nearby wheelie bins.

Thrown away like rubbish

The member of the public then made a shocking find – a tiny, terrified cat was trapped inside a taped-up litter tray, and left out for the local refuse collectors to take away.

She immediately called Mayhew for help, and their Animal Welfare team advised her to bring the cat straight in.

· Mayhew named the ginger and white bundle Barbara, and upon closer inspection, discovered that the 10 month-old cat was covered in her own urine, and had no food with her.

· To make matters worse, her collar had been wrapped tightly twice around her neck, and was starting to suffocate her.

· Unsurprisingly, Barbara was also in a considerable amount of pain and distress from being trapped inside such a small space for an indeterminate amount of time.

Tania Mazzoni, one of Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers, carefully coaxed Barbara out of her litter tray prison so that vets could take a closer look at her. They then managed to remove the collar and clean her up, before settling her down into a warm and cosy cabin in their cattery to recover.

When Barbara was feeling a little bit calmer, Mayhew staff were able to give her a full health check and make sure she had not suffered any lasting effects from her ordeal.

Escaping a terrible fate

Barbara was incredibly lucky that her cries were heard, and that Mayhew were alerted.

If she hadn’t have been found, she would have ended up inside a bin lorry, where she may then have been crushed to death, or abandoned on a landfill site.

Mayew see cats and dogs that urgently need our help every single day, and support pets and owners in need to ensure that less animals find themselves abandoned or mistreated within our local community.

To rehome a cat like Barbara from Mayhew, and give him or her a brand new happy and healthy start in life, or even just make a donation to help their amazing work, please click here.

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