'Terrified' cat found dumped in crate outside petrol station

The female tortoiseshell cat was found in Leith, and was not microchipped or wearing a collar.

‘Terrified’ cat found dumped in crate outside petrol station in Leith SSPCA

An “absolutely terrified” cat has been found after she was dumped outside a petrol station in Leith.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted to the incident after a member of the public found the cat in a crate with a litter tray outside the station.

They then took the animal home until a member of the SSPCA could rescue her.

The cat is a dark tortoiseshell young adult female, with no microchip or collar. There was a note pinned to her crate, which said she is an indoor cat named Jackie, who would prefer a quiet home.

“She was absolutely terrified when the member of the public found her and still scared when we arrived at their home,” said Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Connie O’Neill.

“Although she doesn’t have any injuries and is in reasonable health, she will have been traumatised by this experience.

“Even with a note, this is absolutely not the right way to give up an animal if you can no longer care for them.

“She is now safe at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres where she will receive the care she needs.

“If anyone recognises this cat or has any information, we would ask that they contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”