Christmas shoppers “rescue” cat from Carlisle

Brea is safe and well in an animal rescue centre

TWO Scots brought more than festive knick-knacks home with them after a Christmas shopping trip to Carlisle.

The cross-border shoppers also returned to Scotland with a cat.

After apparently finding the animal in an Asda car park down south, the Kingholm Quay residents mistakenly thought she was injured, and brought her home to their village, near Dumfries.

The cat is now being cared for at the Scottish SPCA’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre, where she has been named Brea.

SPCA Inspector Janet Proudlock said, “The ladies are very well meaning and thought Brea was injured.

“Brea does have a tooth missing though our veterinary checks have shown it was removed surgically.

“This suggests Brea may have an owner who has been looking after her well.

“Brea is around seven or eight years old, is in good condition and has a lovely nature.

“She may simply have been walking in her neighbourhood, though she may also have recently strayed or even been abandoned.

“Unfortunately, Brea isn’t microchipped and didn’t have a collar or tag so we are appealing for information in case she has an owner in England who is missing her.”

Anyone with information should contact the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.