Plea to owners of abandoned pets

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Animal welfare officers have urged pet owners to be more responsible after a cat and two rats were rescued on the Fylde coast.

RSPCA staff made the plea after two rats were dumped in the driveway of a home earlier this month and a cat was stuck up a tree for five days in April.

Fire crews were called to rescue the kitten – named Alice by inspectors – on April 25 from a tree on Doncaster Road in Blackpool, but after attempts to coax the cat down failed, a tree surgeon was used to finally help bring the animal to safety.

Once recovered officers found the cat had no tag and had not been microchipped with the owner’s address.

And on May 7, two rats were left in a birdcage on West Way, Fleetwood.

Amy McIntosh, of Blackpool RSPCA, said: “We just want owners to think more.

“I believe Alice must have been lost and unable to find her way home. We had no way of tracing the owner.

“When the rats were found they were shivering and soaking wet.

“It was very lucky they were found as soon as they were or they could easily have frozen to death in the rain.

“The cage they were in was completely open to the elements and not large enough for two adult rats.”

Alice and the rats – now named Arthur and Martha – are being looked after by Blackpool RSPCA on Old Tom’s Lane, Stalmine.

Anyone who is interested in rehoming them should contact Blackpool branch on (01253) 703000 and to pass on information about abandoned animals call 0300 123 8018.