Thousands of police officers lined the streets of London over the Bank Holiday Weekend to help millions of carnival-goers enjoy the capital’s biggest annual event safely.
But one officer wasn’t just keeping people safe during the two-day Notting Hill Carnival in west London – he also had his eyes peeled for any four-legged friends needing a helping hand. And when a poor collapsed cat was spotted in the road surrounded by thousands of revellers, he knew he had to help.
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Jill Sanders said: “PC Curry was on duty on Bank Holiday Monday (27 August) when he spotted the poor puss collapsed in Wornington Road, Kensington, and knew something was wrong.
“She was struggling to use one of her legs and was clearly in pain so he got in touch with us.
“Police officers allowed me to drive into the pedestrianised zone so I could collect the poorly puss and get her to safety.
“I’ve never been to Notting Hill Carnival before. A lot of the performers and dancers did not expect to see me there and were interested in what I was doing.”
The cat – a black female who has been named Reggae by staff – is now being treated by veterinary staff at RSPCA Putney Animal Hospital who believe she may have cat flu and a broken leg.
She was not microchipped and was wearing no collar or ID tag so staff believe she could be a stray. Anyone who believes she may be their pet should contact the hospital.
ACO Sanders added: “The Met do a fabulous job every year policing our streets and work incredibly hard to make the city safe during events like Notting Hill Carnival.
“We work with them very closely on animal welfare matters and they value the safety of our four-legged friends’ almost as much as our own.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the officers who helped facilitate the rescue of Reggae – by letting me drive through road closures and directing me to her location – and PC Curry for helping her get the help she needed.”
Anyone who discovers an animal in need of help should contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.