A CAT tied to a tree and abandoned near Hawick is now recovering in an animal rescue centre after her ordeal.
The Scottish SPCA is seeking the owner of the cat, now named Alice by staff of the charity’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Animal welfare officers were alerted by a member of the public after she found the cat while out walking her dog in countryside by the B6359 between Hawick and Appletreehall, around 1.30pm on Monday.
Inspector Jenny Scott arrived to collect the white and tabby female from the woman, who had taken her home after releasing her from the washing line which had been used to tether her to the tree.
Inspector Scott said the cat is in surprisingly good health despite her ordeal.
“She doesn’t have any injuries or marks from the cord that was used to restrain her, which is something we’d expect to see, so we can only assume that she was tethered for a very short period of time before being discovered,” the inspector commented, adding: “The stretch of road Alice was found on is quite a busy route so we would have expected there to be a fairly steady flow of traffic at that time.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who either saw someone acting suspiciously in the area on Monday or who recognises Alice and knows who might have owned her.”
Inspector Scott said: “She’s a very friendly, good-natured cat who will make a fantastic pet, so we’re also hoping someone will come forward and offer her a loving home.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information relating to this incident or wishing to offer Alice a home is being encouraged to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.