7:10am Wednesday 30th May 2012
By Mark Chandler
HELP is needed to track down a cat who was left inside a box and heartlessly dumped beside bins during the heatwave.
Animal volunteer Anna Nikolic says the short-haired black and white cat, along with two others, may have been left to suffer for hours outside the Plumbase store in Ramac Way, Charlton, before help arrived.
On May 24 at 4.30pm, a shop worker found the three cardboard pet carriers and opened one of them, leading to one cat shooting off in terror towards Woolwich Road.
Ms Nikolic, a Catford volunteer for Croydon Animal Samaritans, said: "He kindly delivered the other two boxes to a vet who contacted and the two cats they contained are now in our care.
"We're very worried and anxious for the poor cat who escaped and need help to try and locate it."
She said: "In the next few days and maybe weeks please look out for this cat.
"The other two are friendly so we hope this lost one will be the same.
"Once it has got over the shock of being dumped in a strange place it will be desperately looking for food. It may take it sometime to find someone who cares."
The other cats, named Daisy and Rosie by staff, are being looked after and appear to be in generally good condition. They will be found new homes by the charity in due course.
Ms Nikolic said there seemed to be a growing trend for people to dump their unwanted animals after falling into financial difficulties.
She said: "This sort of thing is happening more and more. It is an extremely cruel and senseless thing to do even if you are desperate. It's also against the law."
If you can help visit croydonanimalsamaritans.co.uk
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