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Council threw our dead cat on the tip
BLUNDERING council workers dumped a black and white cat in landfill after mistaking it for a dead fox.
Lisa Gotts has now received an apology from Basildon Council for the distress caused following the death of her cat Kizzy.
Devastated Mrs Gotts, 50, had started a missing cat campaign with neighbours when Kizzy vanished two days earlier.
Neighbours found a cat dead in their garden and called the council to remove it. But instead of scanning the pet for its microchip to find its owner, workers decided to dump it.
Mrs Gotts, of Deirdre Avenue, Wickford, said: “I am absolutely devastated. He’s a part of our family and they just dumped him.
“It’s very demeaning. They tried to tell us they thought it was a fox. Three neighbours saw it and they all knew it was black and white and a cat.
“The Government is trying to make it the law to microchip your animals, but what is the point if they aren’t going to scan it?”
She added: “I know they couldn’t stop my cat from being run over, but I would like to have him back to bury. My grandchildren are upset and we don’t have a place where he is buried so they can visit him.”
The council has since sent a letter of apology calling it a “simple human error”.
Mrs Gotts’s husband Tim, 51, said: “You put your bins out and they have to be the right colour and the right items inside, but then the council just throws dead animals away along with your rubbish. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
Gary Edwards, head of street scene and leisure services, said: “We understand the distress the death of a pet can cause which is why we have written to the owner of the cat to apologise for the mistake made on this occasion.
“It is part of our procedures to scan dead cats and dogs to identify whether they have a microchip. However, on this occasion this was not done.
“We have changed our procedures to ensure this does not happen again.”
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