AN ANIMAL lover has hit out after motorists drove past a dying cat lying in the gutter.
Dylan Cottriall was driving through Hindley with his three dogs after exercising them when he spotted the pitiful sight of the black and white cat.
But when he stopped to examine the two year old pet – who wasn’t a stray – he found she was still alive, however clearly too weak and emaciated to move out of the danger of being hit by the thundering passing traffic.
Mr Cottriall, 27, who is in the process of setting up his own PAWS Doggy Day Care centre for the borough, rushed the cat to Wigan’s Paws n Claws rescue network.
A vet called in to examine the animal confirmed that the cat hadn’t been injured by cars, but had apparently “collapsed and totally given up” in the road on Bridge Street because of a lack of food and water, along with a heavy infestation of fleas which were quite literally “sucking the life blood” from the poor creature.
Jo White, of Paws and Claws rescue network, said that the poor cat’s condition was one of the most upsetting she had seen that hadn’t resulted in an animal being put down.
Thankfully the cat is now on the way to recovery having been temporarily fostered by Paws n Claws supporter Gill Farrar in St Helens.
Mr Cottriall, who has taken in rescue dogs from Paws n Claws, said: “I stopped and went over to her to see if she had a collar and it was then I could see she was moving.
“She was just a bag of bones and had simply just given up.
“Although she was at death’s door she didn’t stop purring even though she was too weak to do anything.”
Self-funded Paws n Claws volunteers Jo and Gill removed over 400 fleas from the cat.
They are now calling for people not to take on pets if they are unable or can’t afford to look after them properly.
They are calling for the authorities not to place cats with vulnerable people recovering from alcohol or drug abuse, who then prove incapable of guaranteeing the animal’s welfare.