A landlord who rescued his tenant’s cat from what he described as ‘appalling conditions’ has been threatened with police action.
Landlord Michael Moody removed the one-year-old black and white cat after neighbours reported hearing its cries for help ‘day and night.’ Mr Moody was horrified to discover the Skegness flat covered in faeces and rubbish. It is thought that the pet was forced to scavenge amongst the waste for food and drink from the toilet. Mr Moody has named the rescued animal Bob.
The landlord has refused to hand Bob back to the original owner despite threats to report him to the police for theft. Mr Moody explained: ‘‘I think he [the tenant] just wanted some company, but he needs to learn to look after himself before he starts looking after a pet. I have never heard something as bad as this – he is just an innocent cat. We’ve taken control. The owner is not getting the cat back. He did get hostile and threatened to call the police, but what would they do?
‘After concern from other residents in my property about the cat crying through the day and night I’ve decided to intervene only to discover the cat had been left for a considerable length of time on it’s own, whilst seeming to living on what it could find with no clean water. So the cat we shall call Bob is now safe with me and my partner and he’s in good hands. He is very friendly and loves people; he is house trained.’
With regard to the threats, he added: ‘I’ve been informed I will be reported to the police, should I do this. I believe I’m doing the right thing whether it’s legal or not. I’m hoping to find a loving home for a little black cat.’
Mr Moody and his fiancee Magda Obiala already have two German shepherds and three cats at their family home. They are now appealing on Facebook to rehome Bob. Mr Moody concluded: ‘Bob is and we can’t let him down, so we want to make sure he goes to the right home.’