We want to know why our cat was dumped in bin

Gazette: Tom Lee, front, with the distraught family Tom Lee, front, with the distraught family

A FAMILY was distraught to find their pet cat dead and dumped in a bin.

Smokey Joe was discovered in Layer Road, Colchester, with wounds to his face and body.

The one-year-old cat had been missing for a day.

Tom Lee, who lives with his mother-in-law Nichola Sharpe, who owned Smokey Joe, said: “The family was absolutely devastated.

“I don’t care who you are or what you’ve done, you should never put an animal in the bin.”

Smokey Joe, was a black and white short haired cat, and had been missing since Friday morning.

When the family went looking for him that night they found him dead in a bin near Hollytree Court.

It is not clear how the cat, which was not microchipped, died. Mr Lee fears he was beaten to death and plans to report the death to the RSPCA.

• If you find a dead cat you can ring the Cats Protection helpline on 03000 121212 and it will try to contact the owner.

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8:19am Wed 8 Jan 14

angryman!!! says...

I would imagine it was more likely hit by a car, and a not so sympathetic finder of the dead animal thought of disposing of it. Can't see if some one was horrid enough to beat animal would think of disposing it
Very sad for the family, always not nice having a family pet die especially if premature.
I would imagine it was more likely hit by a car, and a not so sympathetic finder of the dead animal thought of disposing of it. Can't see if some one was horrid enough to beat animal would think of disposing it Very sad for the family, always not nice having a family pet die especially if premature. angryman!!!

8:21am Wed 8 Jan 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Not nice....but possibly better in a bin...than for kids to prod it with sticks...or having it carried off by a fox for lunch !
Not nice....but possibly better in a bin...than for kids to prod it with sticks...or having it carried off by a fox for lunch ! SOMETHING2SAY

10:29am Wed 8 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Very sad for children made worse by adults putting a bad cause in their minds.
Very sad for children made worse by adults putting a bad cause in their minds. stevedawson

7:12pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Fellulah69 says...

Horrifying to think that someone may have done this to a living creature, because unfortunately yes, there are some sick people out there that cause this type of distress and sad ending. If the poor cat was indeed hit by a car, was there a name tag that the driver/someone could contact to inform them? Too many cats wandering around like strays these days. If all dogs are soon to be micro-chipped by law, then cats should be also. Feel so sorry for the family though.
Horrifying to think that someone may have done this to a living creature, because unfortunately yes, there are some sick people out there that cause this type of distress and sad ending. If the poor cat was indeed hit by a car, was there a name tag that the driver/someone could contact to inform them? Too many cats wandering around like strays these days. If all dogs are soon to be micro-chipped by law, then cats should be also. Feel so sorry for the family though. Fellulah69

11:46am Thu 9 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Cats are free to roam, unlike dogs. Owners should take more care of them.
Cats are free to roam, unlike dogs. Owners should take more care of them. Jess Jephcott

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