Kidnapped cat purrfect
THE Terania Street community in North Lismore is rejoicing after the return of Ralph the cat, cruelly snatched in broad daylight from his favourite sunbaking spot 10 weeks ago.
Overjoyed mum, Lynda Saville, could barely contain her emotions as she recounted the reunion.
“I kept checking the ‘lost and found’ column in The Northern Star, even though I thought in my heart he was gone for good,” she said.
“Then on Tuesday afternoon at work about three o’clock I read ‘found, black cat eight years plus, very affectionate, Dunoon Road Tullera’.
“So I rang and left a message and the lady rang back. I went straight out there from work and there he was!
“As soon as I saw him he just jumped into my arms.
“For half an hour we sat there talking to the lady and he just kept purring and rubbing up against me – he was so happy to see me.”
Ralph had turned up fraught and starving about a week and a half ago after two months of trying to fend for himself.
“He was so emaciated they took him to the vet, and by chance it was my vet, but even he didn’t recognise him,” she said.
“The people vaguely remembered the story we did in The Star so they decided to put an ad in the paper.
“They were wonderful, I’m just so grateful to them. They’ve restored my faith in humanity.”
Two and a half months ago Ralph was snatched by four young men in a car.
Witnesses managed to get the registration number and police soon tracked the culprits down, though Ms Saville declined to make a formal complaint if they told her the truth.
One told Ms Saville that they had just wanted to have some fun, but the cat had escaped. She spent weeks out searching for Ralph day and night, but to no avail, and had all but given up hope.
Ms Saville had rescued the once wild street cat five years earlier, spending months coaxing him into her home.
Once adopted, Ralph would lounge outside the Aussie Digger camping store with his step-brother Freddy ‘the feral freeloader’ soaking up the sun and the pats from staff, passing residents and school children.
“I’m happy the boys didn’t do something cruel to him. I mean they did by taking him away, but I’m happy that one told me the truth,” she said.
“I felt if they told me the truth it would all be okay.”