Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Owner Furious after 'Lost' Cat Given Away; Family Refuse to Give Back Woman's Pet

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Owner Furious after 'Lost' Cat Given Away; Family Refuse to Give Back Woman's Pet

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Byline: Dave Black

AN angry animal lover is facing the prospect of losing her pet cat - after it was taken to a rescue centre and handed over to another family.

Sally Proudlock, 38, has been told she will not be reunited with six-month-old silver tabby Monty, because his new 'owners' are refusing to part with him. Now she has accused bosses at the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter of not doing enough to trace Monty's real owner before moving him to a new home. Sally's nightmare began last month when Monty wandered off from her town centre flat in Morpeth, Northumberland, and was then picked up on the street by a woman and taken to the shelter.

The cat was wearing a silver studded collar, was obviously well cared for and had recently been neutered, but was treated as a stray by shelter staff and re-homed with a family after being kept for five days.

Sally then discovered that Monty had been found and re-homed, and contacted the shelter to ask for her pet to be returned to her. She was told that his new owners had bonded with him and are adamant they will not give him back.

Yesterday Sally, who works in her family's homeware shop in Alnwick, said she felt Monty had been stolen from her. "The cat and dog shelter knew this was a cat which had been picked up in Morpeth, was well looked after and had recently been neutered.

"All they had to do was ring the two vets in Morpeth and they would have been able to tell them that he belongs to me. As far as I am concerned they have not done anything to try to find the real owner and have just sold him on as quickly as possible.

"I just don't know what else I can do. It would cost me about pounds 5,000 to pursue this through the courts."

Leyla Rutter, chief executive of the Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter, said: "This is a very rare and unfortunate occurrence but, while we sympathise with Miss Proudlock over the loss of her cat, there is really nothing we can do.

"The cat was brought in as a stray and we held on to it for several days, hoping the owner would come forward. …

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