The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young cat was dumped in a locked cat carrier in woodland in Staffordshire.

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The nine-month-old male black cat was found by a dog-walker in a secluded path in Apedale Country Park, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, on Monday morning (14 March).

RSPCA inspector John Groake said: “The man was walking his dog along when he saw what looked like a brand new cat carrier. Locked inside with no food or water was the poor cat. We don’t know how long the cat had been there for, but when he was given food he was very hungry, so he could have been trapped in this cat carrier all weekend.

“He was not chipped but he had a collar mark round his neck so he must have been somebody’s pet.

“Had he not been found then the poor cat could have died from hunger or dehydration, so we are so thankful that he was found when he was. There is a chance he could not have been found at all as the part of the country park where he was dumped is secluded and not used regularly.

“This is absolutely no way to treat an animal. We are urging anyone who recognises the cat or the carrier – which was from Wilkos – to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

The cat is in the care of a Staffordshire cat rescue charity.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).