A dog has been hailed a hero after barking to the rescue when she found an abandoned cat in a pet carrier hidden in park bushes.
Two year old English cocker spaniel, Maisie had been on a morning dog walk with her owner in Wormwood Scrubs Park in North West London when she discovered a female cat abandoned in her carrier with a note left on the top.
Maisie instantly alerted her owner, Pam, to the scene with persistent barking and would not move away until Pam looked in the bushes and found the cat.
Pam said: “I felt shocked and tearful when I found Lily. Being an owner of two cats myself, I couldn’t believe that somebody could do that, and thought that her previous owner must have been in a desperate situation.”
Despite not having any access to food or water and not being able to escape from her carrier, Lily appeared to be in good health other than being, of course, very scared.
Luckily, it appears that Maisie had found Lily quickly after she was abandoned, and was truly Lily’s unlikely hero.
Pam said: “The cat carrier wasn’t clearly visible from the outside of the bushes, so if it wasn’t for Maisie, I don’t know how long Lily would have been left there.”
Pam took Lily home and provided her with warmth, food and the chance to get out of her carrier, before bringing her into The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Green, North West.
The vets discovered that Lily had been microchipped, which said she was 11 years old and unfortunately had the wrong contact details on the chip.
Animal Welfare Officer at The Mayhew Animal Home, Alisa Ford, said: “To dump a cat in her carrier without access to food, water or the chance to escape is an irresponsible thing to do. We are so glad that Maisie found Lily quickly, as it’s worrying to think what would have happened to her otherwise.”
“At The Mayhew we help hundreds of people in crisis situations every year, and we wish that whoever had owned Lily had come to us or another cat shelter instead of abandoning her in the park. We encourage people who are having problems looking after their pet to get in contact with us so we can see what we can do to help; we do not judge anyone and are here to help the animal.”
For more information please visit www.themayhew.org.