'Disgusting!' Fury after 'terribly thin' cat found dumped by heartless owner

SHOCKING pictures of a skeletal cat dumped near rubbish bins were released today as an investigation was launched into the pet’s horrific ordeal.

Ginger cat being treated by vets

Emaciated cat dumped like rubbish (Image: RSPCA)

The young ginger cat was so skinny that almost every bone could be seen protruding from his body. He was heavily flea-infested while also showing burn marks from where he been left languishing in a cramped space. His suffering only came to an end when he was discovered dumped in a pet carrier next to communal rubbish bins and rushed to vets for urgent treatment.

The tom cat, aged around three, has been dubbed the Ginger Ninja because of the way he loves his food and eats it so quickly.

RSPCA animal cruelty investigators are now trying to find out how the cat was dumped in a filthy pet carrier in Wilton Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, earlier this week. A member of the public fortunately found the animal and alerted the charity.

Besides being badly emaciated, the cat had urine burns from laying in a confined space for long periods.

RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Neil Astle rushed the cat to Hope Veterinary Surgery, in Trentham, for treatment and the pet is now making a good recovery.

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Ginger cat looking emaciated

Ginger Ninja was so emaciated almost every bone could be seen (Image: RSPCA)

Emaciated cat having body measured

Ginger Ninja has emaciated body measured (Image: RSPCA)

ACO Astle said today: “He was terribly thin and was left in a filthy pet carrier with no food or water. He was covered in fleas and was dirty but was so affectionate and friendly.

“It is disgusting to think he was dumped and left like a piece of rubbish and I am appealing for help in finding the person responsible.

“I would like to hear from anyone who knows who the cat belonged to as he was not microchipped. If anyone saw someone acting suspiciously in the area with a pet carrier I would ask them to call, too.”

The cat is still under veterinary care but putting on weight, largely because of his love of food, which he eats so quickly that he has earned the Ginger Ninja nickname.

Cat have its burns examined

Ginger Ninja was left with urine burns from being kept in cramped conditions (Image: RSPCA)

Senior vet Deb Wragg said: “He was in a poor state when he was brought to us and only weighed 2.4kg and he was also dehydrated. But he is eating everything we give him really quickly and is, thankfully, making great progress.

“He is really friendly and loving – such an adorable little fella.”

Anyone with information about who dumped the cat should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.

You should never physically punish your pet. It brings the animal pain and fear, and it gains you nothing. It’s a lose-lose situation. Please don’t do it.