UNITED KINGDOM – A beloved family pet was cruelly dumped in a trash can and left out with the garbage the day before collection.
Allyson Gibson believes her gray five-year-old cat, whose name is Lola, would have died if her daughter had not heard the animal struggling to get out and raised the alarm.
Ms. Gibson explained that she had already gone to bed on Sunday night when 12-year-old schoolgirl Lottie came upstairs at about 11pm to tell her that she had heard a noise from outside.
The pair went on to investigate and found a very distressed Lola at the bottom of the almost-empty green wheelie bin outside her neighbors’ house.
She stated the trashmen were due to collect the rubbish in the morning and fears that Lola would have perished if Lottie hadn’t heard her bangs.
She explained to The Mirror: “My 12-year-old daughter was in the front room, and Lottie is very given to believing in aliens and Dr Who. I decided to indulge her overactive imagination, and thank goodness I did.
“There were only two bags of vegetable cuttings in the bin, so Lola was right at the bottom. She must have used all her energy to thump about 10 or 15 times, it was a major effort.
“We live on a very, very small crescent, hardly anyone walks through,” she continued. “I suspect a couple of teenagers thought it would be a laugh.
“There’s no way that my cat got in by accident, its an impossibility.
“I’m just shocked, it’s nothing compared to some of the disgusting things you see and hear, but cruelty to animals, I just don’t understand it.”
Ms. Gibson, who currently lives in Cheadle in Greater Manchester, posted a warning to other pet owners on Facebook.
She states: “I dread to think what would’ve happened if my beloved pet had exhausted herself all night and was just in there when the bin was lifted to the crushing truck. Some people are utter scum.”
Dozens of people have since shared the post she made and expressed concerns for their own cats .
Diana Hboubati commented: “Just makes you wonder with all the cats missing at the moment.
“I can assure you if they have done it with your cat then most likely they have done it to others.
“Please, please everyone needs to check their bins in the morning,” Diana said. “This should definitely be shared to everyone.
“Glad your furbaby is ok. Just sad to think that some other poor cat may not have been so lucky.”
And Adele Baxter noted: “That is awful! I really despair of the human race at the moment.
“I am so glad your cat is ok and you found out in time.”
Ms. Gibson said she plans to report the incident to the police and also to the RSPCA.
Back in 2010 a woman was caught on CCTV cameras throwing a four-year-old cat – who was also called Lola – into a wheelie bin outside her owners’ home in Coventry.
Terrified Lola was trapped for a whopping 15 hours before her owners finally found her the next morning
Mary Bale was later prosecuted after the video footage of the incident went viral, and admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the pet.
She was fined and banned from keeping animals for five years.