A CAT has been rescued after it was abandoned and left to die in a bin in south Lanarkshire.
The Scottish SPCA were alerted after a member of the public found the grey and white female cat inside a pet carrier which had been dumped in a wheelie bin on Saturday.
The cat, now called Bridie by animal rescue officers, was found in a bin on Ness Drive, in East Kilbride.
The man who found Bridie told the Scottish SPCA he had heard noises coming from his household waste bin early on Saturday morning.
When he looked inside, he was shocked to find a pet carrier containing the tiny cat which was mewing for help.
She is now in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
Animal rescue officer Dawn Lowdon said, “The man who called us said he heard noises coming from his bin early on Saturday morning.
“He got a shock when he looked inside and found a cat carrier with Bridie inside.
“It’s unlikely Bridie had been in there long, although she would have undoubtedly been very scared.
“This was an extremely cruel thing to do. It’s only by chance Bridie was found and it was very lucky she was not emptied with the rest of the rubbish.
“We’ll continue to care for Bridie until we can find her the loving new home she deserves.”
Abandoning and causing an animal unnecessary suffering animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone who recognises Bridie is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.