July 20, 2011
issues appeal after maggot-ridden cat dies in Burnham
fat cat that could barely walk or even stand up because of its
weight has been put down after it was found in Burnham-On-Sea
severely injured and infested with maggots by the side of the
The RSPCA says the black and white male cat weighed 23.5lb when
he was found, compared with a healthy weight for his age and size
The animal was taken to a vet in the town where it was found
he had untreated injuries on his rear, which were crawling with
maggots because he was unable to move or clean himself.
The cause of the domestic cat's injuries are unknown but vets
believe they must have existed for some time due to "the
size of the maggots and the foul stench" coming from the
wound when the animal was found in Frank Foley Parkway, near the
town's Tesco store.
RSPCA inspector Sue Dobson, who is leading the investigation
into the case, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The cat had no microchip
or collar but clearly this was an owned animal as he could not
have reached this size as a stray and someone must have been overfeeding
"He was probably dumped at the side of the road as he could
hardly stand up, let alone walk, so would not have got very far
by himself. Somebody must know where this poor creature has come
from and how he came to be in such a state and it is vital they
contact the RSPCA so we can make sure there are no other animals
suffering in this way."
Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing
unnecessary suffering to an animal could face up to six months
in prison and/or a £20,000 fine. She has urged anyone with
information about the animal to contact the RSPCA's cruelty line
on 0300 1234 999.