A canine hero came to the rescue after an injured cat got lost in a Tamworth field.

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Black labrador Milo, aged 20 months, was out walking with his owner John Williams when the poorly cat was spotted in the undergrowth of a field in Main Road, in Wigginton, Tamworth.

John immediately contacted the RSPCA, and kept checking on the cat while he waited for the RSPCA inspector to arrive.

But when inspector Kate Levesley got there, the cat had moved.

John said: “The cat had been under a tree when I last saw her, but when I led Kate over to the tree she wasn’t there.

“The grass in the field was three-feet tall so there was no way we were going to find her easily. We started to look but we were having no success, and that’s when I thought, how about letting Milo find her? Dogs are known to have good scent.

“So I took Milo of his lead and almost straightaway he ran to an area in the long grass ahead of us and started barking – he had found her. We were impressed. There was no way we would have found the cat without Milo.”

The cat, believed to be stray, had been suffering with a large tumour and was immediately taken to a vet, where she was given pain relief but sadly was put to sleep later that day on veterinary advice to prevent further suffering.

Inspector Levesley said: “Sadly the cat did not make it, but Milo’s quick actions meant that the cat did not need to suffer any more than she did. It would have been a long, lingering death for her had she been left in the long grass, open to the elements.

“Both John and I were so impressed with our honorary RSPCA rescuer Milo.”

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