The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation after a cat escaped from a rubbish truck after being “deliberately” dumped in a wheelie bin.
Refuse collectors spotted the “terrified” animal fleeing from the lorry during their rounds in The Orchard area of Tullibody, Clackmannanshire, on November 16.
The cat, described as “brown, fluffy and elderly”, has not been traced.
Scottish SPCA inspector Mairi Wright said: “We haven’t been able to locate the cat but I have requests in to view CCTV in the area.
“The sanitisation workers emptied the bins as normal by 1pm and saw the terrified cat flee from the truck.
“It was reported the cat was inside a white cat carrier inside the bin. It looks like someone has deliberately placed the cat there and they couldn’t get out.
“This would have caused the cat great distress.
“Intentionally trying to cause harm to, or kill, an animal is a criminal offence and is punishable by law.”
If you have any information, call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential helpline on 03000 999 999.