The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was found tied up in a bag in a Staffordshire field.
A woman contacted the RSPCA after finding the cat in Walton Road, in Drakelow, Burton-on-Trent, at 2.30pm on Monday (13 March). She was alerted to the animal after hearing a loud meow when she pulled up in her car at the side of the road.
After looking for the source of the noise, she found the female tortoiseshell cat in a cardboard box, which had been placed in a tied white plastic bag, hidden in undergrowth.
The cat is now in the RSPCA’s care and has been given the named Bagpuss, as a nod to how she was found.
RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant said: “Apart from wetting herself, luckily the cat was unharmed so we presume that she had only been there for a short while.
“It is a quiet country road and Bagpuss is extremely lucky she was found. It is concerning that whoever abandoned her like this did so with the intention of leaving her to die, as she was dumped in a quiet place where she could quite possibly not have been found inside her box.
“Bagpuss isn’t microchipped so we don’t know where she has come from. There is a possibility she has been stolen so we are very keen to find out if anyone recognises her or knows how she ended up in the situation she was in.
“It is very sad that she went through what she did, as she is a healthy and very friendly cat.”
Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018, leaving a message for Inspector Bryant.
To help the RSPCA look after animals like Bagpuss text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.