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Cat owner Natalie Ridout claims her dead pet was dumped on a compost heap at Solent Business Park in Whiteley
A DEVASTATED cat owner is claiming her dead pet was dumped on a compost heap in a bin bag.
Natalie Ridout found her threeyear- old cat Sooty after nearly a week of searching and is angry at the way he had been treated.
The 26-year-old had to carry his decomposing body back home in the bag and says this has made the loss of her pet more distressing.
But those who manage the Solent Business Park, where the pet was found, have refuted the claim saying that the cat had been buried respectfully.
While searching for Sooty Natalie, of Sorrel Drive, Whiteley, found a website for a cat group in Whiteley that mentioned seeing a black cat that had been run over.
Natalie asked a security guard at the nearby Solent Business Park if he had seen the cat and he said it had been picked up. She then spoke to the groundsmen.
Natalie said: “They said ‘yes, we picked him up and put him in a bin bag and put him on the compost heap.’”
She said one then took her over to the compost heap and asked if she wanted to have a look at him.
The personal trainer was too upset to do this so carried him home in the bag. Sooty’s identity was confirmed through his microchip.
“I ended up walking home through the woods with my cat in a bin bag,” said Natalie.
“I was really shocked at that.
You expect people to have a little bit more respect for other people and other animals.”
She added the groundsmen could have saved her unnecessary distress by calling the council at the time.
Richard Potter, property services director, at Goodman UK said: “Goodman, which manages Solent Business Park, can confirm that ground staff discovered a cat on site which had unfortunately been killed in a road accident.
“We have been assured by our grounds contractor that the cat was buried on site hygienically and respectfully and was later given to the owner.”
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