The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was dumped outside one of its centres.
Admiral, as he has now been named, was found outside the gates of Great Ayton Animal Centre, in Middlesbrough, on Wednesday morning (3 February).
The centre’s deputy manager, Olivia Newell, said: “He was dumped in a red and white pet carrier which was covered with a child’s dressing gown. He was left on the grass verge and could have been hit by a car.
“It was a very cold night, with strong winds, but luckily it was dry.
“Admiral was found by staff at around 8.15am. He was crawling with fleas and had sore eyes.”
Admiral was checked over by a vet and is now being cared for by RSPCA staff including cattery supervisor, Bev Dunn, who decided to name him Admiral.
Olivia added: “He seems very friendly although he was suffering from shock when we first discovered him.
“He is now settling into the cattery and has been enjoying a fuss.”
The male white cat was not microchipped and had no collar on. He has been neutered.
Anyone who recognises Admiral, or knows anything about how he came to be dumped in Yarm Lane, Great Ayton, is urged to contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.