A cat which was abandoned in a tied plastic box in a Staffordshire country lane has been reunited with her owner.

The tortoiseshell female cat, who the RSPCA nicknamed Bagpuss but is in fact called Peppa, was found by a member of the public on Monday last week (13 March) in Walton Road, Burton-on-Trent. The cat had been placed in a box, which was then placed inside a tied plastic bag and hidden in undergrowth.Peppa.jpg

Following media coverage appealing for information, Peppa’s owner Natalie Stewart got in touch with the RSPCA and was overjoyed to be reunited with her.

Natalie, of Oxley Road, Burton-on-Trent, said: “Peppa is the type of cat who likes to go out for three days at a time so we didn’t realise at first that anything had happened to her. It wasn’t until I saw something on Facebook about a cat which had been found in a plastic bag.

“I thought the cat looked very much like Peppa, so I got in touch with the RSPCA. I knew as soon as I saw her that it was Peppa.”

Since returning home, Natalie said that two-year-old Peppa, who the family have had since she was a kitten, has been jumpy.

“It is obvious that Peppa is shook up about what happened,” she said. “I feel disgusted and I can’t understand why someone would do this to her. Animals can’t speak up for themselves. Why someone would put her in a box, then in a plastic bag, and leave her in a country lane is beyond me. I am 32 weeks pregnant and this has caused a lot of unneeded stress for me.

“She would have suffered so much if she hadn’t have been found. We are so grateful to the woman who found her and we’d like to personally thank her.

“We’re so happy and relieved that Peppa is home, as is my four-year-old son Shay, but we’re also worried about her being outside again because anything could happen to her.”

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We are delighted that we were able to reunite Peppa with her family. However, we are still concerned that someone deliberately did this to her. It is very worrying for her family and they are keen to find out who did this too.

“We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

To help the RSPCA rescue animals like Peppa, text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/give.