RSPCA set to rehome Northampton cat taken in error

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A pet owner from Northampton has had his cat put up for adoption in error after she said it was mistakenly taken away by the RSPCA.

Alan Spragg left Shadow at his partner’s home, in Marshley’s Court, Goldings, earlier this month when he was called away for several days at short notice.

The RSPCA were already scheduled to take away her nine cats – five adults and four kittens – which she could no longer care for.

But she mistakenly signed for all of the cats that were in the property at the time, including Mr Spragg’s pet.

Now Shadow is on the RSPCA Northamptonshire website and listed as being up for adoption.

Despite attempts to get her back, he has been unable to prove he is Shadow’s owner.

He said: “I’ve had her from when she was born. You can’t just get rid of them like that, just like you couldn’t with a child.

“It’s very hard to see her waiting to be rehomed.

“Nobody had my consent and the RSPCA knew Shadow would be there too.

“They’ve said she will be placed with a safe owner, which is unbelievable. I’m the best owner she can have.”


No microchip means no link to her owner

The difficulty in getting Shadow reunited with Alan Spragg lies in the pet’s identification.

She was taken along with the other cats from an address that was not his.

Shadow was not microchipped,

as recommended by the

RSPCA, so was not linked to Mr Spragg.

A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said they were contacted about the nine cats at a property in Goldings.

“When our inspector arrived at the property all the cats were signed over to the RSPCA with

a view that they would be