A horrified animal lover has spoken of the shocking state of Blackpool’s feline crisis after a cat was left to die in a bin.
Linda Davies, who runs a shop to support a Blackpool animal rescue charity, said it was lucky the cat was found before she died.
She said: “I took in a cat that had been locked in a dustbin on Friday.
“If the bin man hadn’t looked in the bin, that poor little cat would be dead.
“She is a lovely little cat but she’s still a bit frightened.
“The crisis in Blackpool is ridiculous, it really is.”
The feline, which she named Ruby, is now recovering well but still suffers the effects of her ordeal.
The rescue comes as staff at the RSPCA centre in Blackpool say they have noticed a sharp rise in the number of calls about unwanted felines this year.
Mrs Davies said people moving homes often find their new landlord does not allow animals, meaning they are forced to give up their pets.
The result is an increase in cats being left homeless but now there is a shortage of foster carers able to take them in.
“Some people are moving and just leaving their cats in the house,” she added.
Mrs Davies has been helping rescue cats for more than 20 years and her dream is to set up a cat sanctuary.
In the meantime, the shop she runs is trading under the name of an existing charity, Blackpool Cats in Care.
Mrs Davies added: “We have got about 60 cats in care.”
For more information about fostering cats, or to donate goods to the shop on Lytham Road, can call (01253) 283349.