Thursday, 26 November 2009


A devastated cat owner has spoken of her shock after her family pet was removed from the street by animal charity officers and put down within hours.

Ruth Ingle and her daughters Lauren, 20, and Elley, 11, were stunned to discover their cat Cleo had been put to sleep by the RSPCA without their knowledge.
The grey tabby, who was almost 19 years old, was put down within just four hours after she was taken from the street where they live in Sycamore Road, off Sweet Briar Road, Norwich.
They only discovered the elderly cat's fate when they noticed a piece of paper “shoddily” attached to a lamp post saying “animal found”. They rang the number on the sheet only to be told their cat had been put down.
Now, the family has issued a warning to other pet owners.
Ms Ingle, 43, said: “We had her ever since she was born; my daughter chose her from the litter when she was just one-year-old.

“She was old and skinny, but she was still eating well and purred when you touched her. We've got five other cats and they were washing her and making a fuss of her.
“She was living out her last few days in her home with her cat family and us. We knew that if she was in any discomfort or pain, then she would have to be put down, but that was our decision to make and that was taken away from us. I know some people say it's only a cat, but when you've had her for nearly 20 years, then it's different.”
Cleo was taken away, unbeknown to the family, by an RSPCA officer on November 10.
The family knew she only nipped out briefly when necessary but spent most of the time in the home. She was not wearing a collar, but had been microchipped but about 18 years ago. However, Ms Ingle fear the chip may not have been detected because it inserted so many years ago.
Sophie Wilkinson, a spokeswoman for the RSPCA, confirmed the cat had been taken by a collection officer after they received a report saying it looked like a stray, was very skinny and could not walk. Cleo was taken to All Creatures Healthcare, in Horsford, where the decision was made to put her down.


David Tyne said...

These people were very lucky, given the fact that the RSPCA vet was prepared to lie and say that the cat could not walk, to have evaded a bent RSPCA prosecution.

Queenie said...

If Cleo couldn't walk, how come she was found 'wandering' outside?
What gives ANYONE the right to snatch someones beloved cat and kill it? As the family said, they would know when the time was right to let her go and it should have been their decision.
Just who are these little Hitler's deciding who will live and who will die?
The irony is that if a member of the public had killed Cleo the RSPCA would be rubbing their hands at the thought of yet ANOTHER prosecution!!

Public Opinion said...

I agree with David Tyne, the RSPCA would have gone for a prosecution if the cat was as bad as they say it was, however, this proves that the RSPCA will lie to get out of a bit of bother, or someone in court for some free publicity, sorry prosecution.
New advice to animal owners should be put you pet down once it gets to 8 years old, or the RSPCA will prosecute you.

Doris Fan said...

happens all the time with these c*n*s, they took my neighbours cat, cat was 12, Doris was 84, she eventually found out they had taken the cat and put it down, her daughter wanted to complain and some jumped up RSPCA lesbian inspector went to Doris and bullied her into dropping the complaint, they told her she was too old to look after the cat and couldnt care for it properley, basta*rds

Anonymous said...

In my experience most animal charities are a bunch of self serving jobsworths (to put it mildly)!
I have even had a horse put down without my knowledge never mind consent - a BIG THANK YOU REDWINGS (NOT!!!)