Cat rescued from Thames ©RSPCAWe are appealing for information after a woman was seen throwing a cat into the Thames at about 8.30pm on Sunday, 28 July.

The middle-aged woman was seen by passers-by carrying a basket to the Greenland Quay before taking out a female tabby cat and throwing her into the water.

Luckily, nearby members of the public sprung to the rescue and leaned over the side of the quay to lift the cat to safety.

She has now been taken into our care, checked by a vet and given the nickname Ariel after the Little Mermaid. She is said to be recovering well from her ordeal.

The woman also had a dog with her, who she tied to a post while she threw Ariel into the water, and then took away with her.

Ariel was thrown into the water

RSPCA Inspector Callum Isitt said:

“The incident was incredibly distressing for Ariel, and it is only due to the quick thinking of these kind-hearted members of the public that she was spotted and saved.Who knows what would have happened to her if they had not been there.


“It sounds as if they mounted quite a rescue – balancing precariously and leaning down to be able to reach her and scoop her up.


“It is impossible to know what could have made this woman throw the cat into the water like that – but we are very anxious for anyone with any information about her to let us know.”

Can you help?

Anyone with any information should contact the RSPCA’s information line on 0300 123 8018.

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