A cat which survived a sixty-mile journey trapped in the engine compartment of a van has been reunited with his family.
Sparky travelled from Tottenham in north London to Reading in Berkshire before being rescued, and has made a full recovery from his ordeal. Richard Jones has our report.
The interviewees are Helena Peace from the RSPCA; and Gemma Davis, Sparky's owner.
The RSPCA wants to reunite a cat with his owner. The animal was found trapped behind the engine of a removal van.
The ginger tabby cat, nicknamed 'Sparky', was coaxed out of the engine of a van in Reading, Berks, after he is thought to have travelled 60 miles inside the vehicle.
The cat, nicknamed Sparky, was miraculously unscathed by his ordeal and the RSPCA ishoping to reunite him with his owners - who could come from around White Hart Lane area in Tottenham, where the van started the journey.
Passer-by Darren Sumner managed to coax Sparky out of the van after he spotted the vehicle broken down in London Road, Reading on Sunday.
He said: “I was shocked when I saw the cat. He was sitting behind the heater matrix, I felt his paws and they were boiling hot. He was warm and scared so I sat and stroked him for about 30 minutes until I coaxed him out.'
Darren took the cat home, gave him some food and water and kept him overnight, until an RSPCA officer arrived to collect him.
Darren said: “He’s a lovely cat. He used a litter tray so I think he’s probably someone’s pet. He woke me up at about 3am in the morning for a play. I hope his owners can be found.”
The RSPCA has started a new campaign to warn dog owners about the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars. With temperatures due to rise this week, there are fears that more animals will be at risk.
A fox has been rescued after it became trapped in a football net.
RSPCA officers rushed to the back garden of a Bournemouth home, arriving in time to save the vixen, who had been caught by its neck.
They are now urging people to put their football nets away after using them.
New figures have revealed Surrey has had the seventh highest number of reports in the country of dogs being left in hot cars.
The RSPCA is now leading a campaign to warn dog owners that they are putting their pets at risk of heat exposure, and even death.
The charity received 289 reports of related incidents in Surrey alone.
A lurcher-cross left to die at a lorry depot is making a good recovery and has even remembered how to wag her tail.
The RSPCA and Catley Cross vets, who are caring for her, have been overwhelmed by messages of support for Peanut, found with broken bones and in an extremely emaciated state under some bushes near Station Road, East Tilbury.
It is thought unlikely that the dog would have survived another 24 hours had she not been found by a passing lorry driver who rang the RSPCA. He tried to coax her to him by rustling a peanut packet, which gave her name, but she was so weak that she could not even stand to drink a bowl of water.
Eighteen month-old Peanut was emaciated when she was found - and at 6.8 kgs she was less than half the weight she should have been (15-17 kilos) and the same as an adult cat. She was also covered in wounds and had untreated injuries including a fractured femur, broken pelvis and dislocated hip which the vet says she is likely to have suffered with for many months.
The RSPCA is also raising funds to pay for her treatment and ensure she gets TLC.
Peanut is a completely different dog to the one we found. She clearly feels a lot better and has perked up.
She jumps up and is really happy to see you now. When we first found her we couldn’t even get her to wag her tail - but now it is constantly thumping away as soon as she sees you.
We urge anyone who knows anything about how she came to be left like this in this callous way to call us on 0300 123 8018.
A member of the public called the animal welfare charity after spotting the tabby and white cat, trapped in a tree - with a crisp packet stuck on his head.
RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Marie Stevens attended Thicket Lane, in Halnaker, near Chichester and, with the help of two colleagues, managed to climb around 12ft up the tree to the cat.
The member of the public was concerned that the cat would not be able to get down from the tree as he couldn’t see.
“I reached out to the cat and just managed to quickly whip the crisp packet off of his head before he panicked and disappeared further up the tree,” AWO Stevens said. “As soon as I pulled the packet off, the cat jumped from the branch to freedom and ran off."
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