Cat lost in cruel hoax
THE close-knit Terania Street community in North Lismore is mourning the loss of one its favourite residents, a 14-year-old black cat named Ralph.
According to several witnesses, Ralph was snatched last month by four young men in a car in broad daylight and hasn’t been seen since.
Five years ago Ralph’s owner, Lynda Saville, spent months coaxing the once wild street cat into her home.
After showering Ralph with tender loving care, he slowly regained his trust of people and three years ago Lynda brought him to her current home in Terania Street, where the community fell in love with him.
Every day Ralph would sunbake outside the Aussie Digger camping store with Freddy ‘the feral freeloader’ – a ginger also rescued from the street by Ms Saville – soaking up the sun and the pats from staff, passing residents and school children.
“He was such a beautiful cat and deserved to live out his life in peace,” she said.
“When I brought home a rescued five-week-old kitten, Bella, 18 months ago, Ralph adopted her straight away.
“He pushed a teddy bear out of her box and was still sleeping with her before he was taken. Little Bella hasn’t left the box since.”
Zane Dean was studying on his veranda across the road above the Blue Tongue cafe and saw the whole episode.
“Ralph could barely walk – it was just pathetic,” he said.
He caught half the registration number, while a customer at Diggers caught the rest. They called Ms Saville, who came home immediately and rang the police.
“The police found them, but I said I wouldn’t make a formal complaint if they told me the truth,” Lynda said.
“One came forward saying they just wanted to have some fun, telling me they’d dumped him in South Lismore. I spent a week out searching for him day and night, then two weeks later he told me it was actually North Lismore near the greyhounds, but by then it was too late.
“I’m doing this for closure – I just want to get across to people that this is not fun. Go and have your fun – but not at the expense of others.”