Dundee cat ‘may have been drowned’, say SSPCA

The water front at Broughty Ferry. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The water front at Broughty Ferry. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A CAT may have drowned after being deliberately thrown into a harbour on Scotland’s East coast in an “act of deliberate cruelty”, it was revealed today.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after the black and white male cat drowned at Broughty Ferry harbour on the Firth of Tay.

The animal welfare charity was alerted on Monday by a member of the public who saw the animal struggling in the water at around 9pm. Sadly, the cat died at the scene.

Steph Alexander, an SSPCA animal rescue officer, said: “While this cat may have fallen into the water, Broughty Ferry harbour isn’t a place where cats typically wander.

“For this reason, we can’t rule out the possibility someone threw him in as an act of deliberate cruelty.”

She explained: “We received the call just before 9pm and, as I was on my way to the scene, someone was able to climb into the water and get the cat out of the water.

“I tried to revive him when I arrived but there was just too much water in his lungs and, tragically, he passed away. Unfortunately, he wasn’t microchipped or wearing a collar so we’ve been unable to trace his owner.

“He was a black and white neutered domestic short haired cat, with no distinctive markings.”

Ms Alexander added: “It’s heartbreaking to lose a pet and I’m sure his owner would like to know what happened to him if he has gone missing from home. We are also very keen to hear from any members of the public who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area that evening.”