Cat that went missing in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009 is found in Cardiff
NewsThursday 31 January 2013
Bobby, the cat, went missing over three years ago from his home in Stoke-on-Trent and was discovered in Cardiff recently.
He had made the 150 mile journey to the Welsh capital where he was taken in as a stray by cat-lover Lawrence Gwynn, after he turned up on his doorstep last summer.
However, it was only when Lawrence took the cat to the vets that he found out he had actually been registered as missing in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009.
The vet used Bobby’s microchip to find out about his ownership.
It is unknown how he found his way to Cardiff, and the recent attempts to contact his last registered keeper have so far been unsuccessful.
Lawrence is now appealing for the 12-year-old male tabby’s owner to come forward.
The 49-year-old spoke to WalesOnline saying: “I first found the cat sitting in my garden when I came back from holiday in June. I have three cats of my own, so I was happy to feed him and take him in.
“Later on he started developing these polyps on his ears, and so I took him to my vet. After the vet had treated him, he told me that the cat actually had a microchip.
“He scanned it and found out that the cat’s name was Bobby, and he had been registered missing in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009.
“Nobody knows how he ended up in Cardiff, 150 miles away. One theory is that he got inside a vehicle like a removal van that brought him down here. You do hear about that sort of thing happening.
“But he was in quite a good condition when I found him, so it seems like someone had been looking after him in Cardiff before I found him.”
The vet was able to find two telephone numbers registered to Bobby’s owner, but one was no longer valid, and there was no answer on the other.
Lawrence said he hoped he would be able to track down Bobby’s owner.
He added: “If the owner does come forward and wants Bobby back, I’d be happy to hand him over.”