RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat was found dead in a water butt at Pen-y-bont, Nantybwch, Tredegar.

The sad incident was discovered by a member of the public on Tuesday [July 21] who found the cat in their wheelie bin – which had been turned into a water butt.

RSPCA inspector Kate Parker said: “Sadly this ginger male cat was found dead inside a water butt. The member of the public had been away and the lid had been down when they had left.

“It appears that the lid could not have been opened by itself – so we don’t know how the cat managed to get in there.”

The cat has been transferred to RSPCA’s Merthyr Clinic where the body was examined by a vet.

“Unfortunately the vet wasn’t able to determine how long the cat had been dead for,” added Inspector Parker.

“We are now appealing for information to try and track down this cat’s owner and to try and find out how this could have happened.

“The cat was not microchipped so we can’t identify the owner.”

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

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