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Upside down cat rescued from tight spot

In a tight spot - Marv the cat before being rescued Credit: RSPCA

Fire crews had to remove part of a wall to rescue a cat which had become wedged upside down in the gap between his owner's garage and the next door neighbour's in Bristol.

Marv the cat had somehow become firmly wedged upside down in the gap between his owner’s garage and their next door neighbour’s garage in Lydiard Croft, Hanham, Bristol.

It's thought Marv had been stuck for around two hours in Lydiard Croft, Hanham when the neighbour heard his miaows and contacted the RSPCA. Animal welfare officer Simon Coombs tried to free Marv, but he was so tightly wedged in that he couldn’t move him.

Another tight squeeze - this time from Tilly and Bella Veale Credit: RSPCA

Simon contacted Avon Fire & Rescue Service for help and a crew from Yate Fire Station attended. Upon examining the garages, it was clear that they would have to get to Marv through the neighbour’s wall. It took around half an hour for the officers to chisel the breezeblock free which revealed Marv’s tail and back legs.

From there, AWO Coombs was able to reach in and pull Marv backwards out of the space. Luckily the cat wasn’t injured and was returned to his overjoyed family.

“Marv does like to get into things, but this is definitely the smallest space he’s managed to squeeze into. He was a little shaken after his ordeal and stayed inside for a day or two, but he was otherwise unharmed.”

– Brendon Veale, Marv's owner


Authorities appeal for information following 'Kitler' attack

Authorities are appealing for information after a cat that resembles Hitler was attacked and left in a bin.

The RSPCA have described the incident as unacceptable. Both the RSPCA and Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

This incident must have been very distressing for the owner of the cat. It is never acceptable to treat animals in this way and we are very sorry to hear the cat has lost his eye. If anyone knows anything about this incident please do give us a call anonymously on 0300 1234 999.


We can confirm we're investigating how this cat obtained such injuries. Inquiries are ongoing but we would urge anyone with information call 101 and quote incident 165 of May 14

– Gloucestershire Police


Cat badly injured in attack because he looks like Hitler

Baz the cat was attacked and left fighting for his life in a bin. He was found by a neighbour and underwent emergency treatment, including an operation.

Baz the cat recovering after attack Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Baz's owner Kirsty Sparrow, who has just left her job at Tesco to go on maternity leave, has had to pay £600 in vet bills.

Baz with his owner Kirsty Sparrow Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Cat suffering from cancer rescued

A cat which ripped off both its ears because of the pain it was suffering, has been found abandoned. The pet - which has been named Victoria - was found to be suffering from cancerous growths.

She's being looked after at a sanctuary which says that, due to the recession, they're seeing more and more abandoned animals. Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin reports.