The Scottish SPCA has issued an appeal after a third cat has been found dumped in Edinburgh in the space of less than two weeks.
The latest cat was found in a fabric cat carrier between two rows of houses on Ferniehill Way by a dog walker at around 16.40 on 19 October.
It comes after two kittens were found just half a mile away in similar circumstances on Moredun Park Road on 8 October.
Scottish SPCA inspector John Toule said “The cat is a grey, adult female.
“She was found in a black cat carrier next to a carrier bag with both wet and dry cat food in it. Some of the food had been scattered over the ground nearby.
“The carrier was open when it was discovered and there was another cat nearby, which we were unable to catch. We’re not sure at this stage if the other cat came from the carrier or had simply been attracted by the large quantity of food left lying around.
“The cat was taken to one of our rescue and rehoming centres where she is now receiving the care she needs.
“Although we can’t say for certain whether this incident is linked to the two kittens found on 8 October, there are definite similarities in the circumstances in which the cats were found.
“Although we appreciate that the owner obviously intended for their animal to be found and did leave food for her, this is not the correct procedure to follow if you wish to give up a pet for rehoming.
“We are keen to trace the owner of this animal. If anyone recognises this cat, please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”
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