AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a cat was left to die tied up in a bag and dumped in a wheelie bin in West Lothian.
The Scottish SPCA was called to rescue the terrified cat after a member of the public walking along Edinburgh Road in Bathgate heard her cries on Wednesday at around 8.30am.
Senior Inspector Stuart Murray collected the white and tortishell coloured female and took her to the SSPCA’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre for veterinary examination and care. She has been named Zola.
SI Murray said, “Zola has been caused a great deal of distress and she’s very lucky to have survived.
“The man who found her heard her cries coming from inside the bin and was shocked to find her tied up in a carrier bag when he investigated.
“It seems whoever did this to Zola didn’t care whether she lived or died. They were, quite literally, throwing her away like a piece of rubbish, which is not only horrendously cruel but also an offence.
“We’re very keen to speak to anyone who recognises Zola and knows who might have owned her.”
Anyone found guilty of abandoning an animal and causing it unnecessary suffering can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Those with information are being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.