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    Cat survives after being thrown into a river inside a suitcase

    NewsTuesday 13 August 2013
    The RSPCA is appealing for any information that relates to an incident that ended with a kitten stuffed inside a suitcase and thrown into a river in Whitworth, Lancashire, last Friday (2nd August).
    The animal (not pictured) miraculously survived after a passer-by heard the 16-week-old male kitten meow from inside the case. The passer-by then pulled the battered case from the water at the Junction of Milner Road and Rivers Edge Road. They then discovered the animal inside. 
    The poor blue-grey tabby was soaking wet and shivering and was also visibly distressed. However, it was luckily otherwise unharmed. The passer-by then took him to her home where they kept him until the RSPCA arrived to take him into their care. 
     The inside of the case was described as filthy and full of excrement.
    RSPCA Inspector Beth Clements said: “How anyone could want to zip up such a gorgeous little thing in a case and throw him into the water like this is beyond me. It must have been a terrifying ordeal and he only survived by the skin of his teeth.
    “But the kitten was lucky on two counts. Firstly that the suitcase floated along the river. If it had sunk he would have died straight away. Secondly that someone happened to pass that heard him meow and so able to save him and ring us for rescue.
    “As it was the little thing has made a full recovery and should be ready for a happy new home very soon.”
    Other witnesses have stated that the case was thrown into the river at around 6.30am and they have described the woman who threw the case as being in her mid thirties with light hair and a heavy build. 
    The kitten was seen to by a vet who said that he was fit and healthy. He is now being cared for in private boarding. 
    As long as no-one comes forward to claim him, he will be ready for rehoming after a week.
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