SPCA Otago animal manager Grace Hepburn holds the cat that
was dumped, in a tied pillowcase, on the top of
Conservation House in central Dunedin. Photo by Peter
The dumping of a cat in a tied pillowcase on the roof of
a four-storey Dunedin building has been condemned by SPCA
Executive officer Sophie McSkimming said the cat was
''obviously left there to die''.
''It was a disgraceful act.''
The cat was discovered by Department of Conservation ranger
Arnie Elbers, who said yesterday he saw a pillowcase on the
roof of Conservation House, in Stuart St, on Tuesday
When he returned to the department's ''smoko room'' on the
roof on Wednesday, the pillowcase, which was securely tied,
was still there.
''I gave it a bit of a touch with my foot, and it rolled all
by itself, and I gave it another nudge and it growled.''
He left the growling animal in the urine-soaked pillowcase
and took it to the Otago SPCA.
''I never opened it because I wasn't sure what was in there -
if it was a diseased or wild thing.''
He suspected somebody had climbed the fire escape at the rear
of the building and dumped the cat on the roof on Monday
night or Tuesday morning.
SPCA Otago animal manager Grace Hepburn said when the
pillowcase was opened a hungry 2-year-old cat emerged.
A vet check revealed it was healthy and had ''excellent''
body condition, she said.
''It had been well looked after.''
The cat was not microchipped, but was wearing a red flea
collar and was ''smoochy'' and purring.
''She has lost no trust in humans,'' Miss Hepburn said.
She was ''disgusted'' by the act.
The SPCA was trying to identify the owner and the person who
dumped the cat.
CCTV footage from the area was being collected and tenants in
nearby buildings interviewed.
Whoever dumped the cat could be imprisoned for up to a year
and fined up to $50,000, she said.
Anybody with information about the cat or who witnessed
suspicious behaviour around Conservation House was asked to
contact Otago SPCA.