Men tried to throw bin-bagged cat in Norwich river

Appeal for information after cat is thrown into river inside tied-up bin bag. Pictured: Rupert the cat. Picture: SUPPLIED Appeal for information after cat is thrown into river inside tied-up bin bag. Pictured: Rupert the cat. Picture: SUPPLIED

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
2:45 PM

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two men tried to throw a cat wrapped in a bin bag into a Norwich river.

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The animal charity was called by a passer-by who saw the men with the black and white male cat near Zak’s off Barrack Street in Norwich at around 9.30pm on August 5.

The member of the public confronted the men and rescued the cat, now named Rupert.

Both males were described as in their mid-20s, wearing jeans with a black shirt.

SPCA inspector Laura Sayer said: “Thank goodness for this passer-by. Poor Rupert would have had very little chance of survival had he been thrown into the water this way - he would have drowned or suffocated to death and suffered a great deal.

“It is simply unacceptable to treat an animal in this way.

“We urge anyone with any information about this incident to come forward and let us know.”

The cat has now been checked by a vet and given a clean bill of health and will hopefully be ready for a new home soon.

He has no microchip and is thought to be around 10-years-old.

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 1234 8018.

Any one interested in re-homing Rupert should call 0300 1234 999.

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