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Finder of dead pet looking for owner
A DISTRAUGHT woman is seeking the owner of a cat she found dead on a busy Weymouth road.
Gemma French was walking along Lanehouse Rocks Road when she spotted the silvery grey feline.
She has hit out against motorists and pedestrians that just ignored the deceased pet, who she thinks was struck down by a car or van.
The 24-year-old said: “I was so upset to see everyone just ignoring this dead cat on the road.
“I couldn’t just leave the poor animal there so I called my partner who brought me a towel and we drove him to the vets.
“Unfortunately, the cat didn’t have a microchip so we couldn’t trace the owner.”
RSPCA officers praised the efforts of Miss French but urged owners to get their pets micro-chipped.
She added: “The vets were really nice and took the cat off us but I am still keen to find the owner.
“This might have been the much-loved pet of someone nearby and they deserve to know what has happened.
“If this had been a dog, no one would have walked past like they didn’t care.
“I have two cats and would hate to think this would happen to either of them.”
She described the cat as being stripey with distinct markings, a long bushy tail and ‘lovely eyes’.
The kind-hearted pet owner, of Cunningham Close, added: “Someone just knocked the cat down and left him there – it was heartbreaking.
“It has really shaken me up but I don’t know who else would have moved him.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “It is really upsetting for this poor lady and for the owner who is out there somewhere and doesn’t know what has happened.
“We would urge owners to get their animals micro-chipped as it saves those long nights wondering what has happened to missing pets.”
Anyone who thinks the cat might belong to them or knows anything should contact Gemma French on 07739 576357.
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