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Rigby the cat survives four hours in engine of hire car

catMechanics inspecting a returned hire car in Kidlington were amazed to find a black cat curled up in a space near the engine. The mechanics at the Station Field Industrial Estate garage tried to entice the cat out, but could not and so they called in the RSPCA,

Dennis Lovell was the RSPCA officer who responded to the call-out and he said the cat seemed very tense. He explained that after a little cajoling it came out. The feline was then taken to Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital where checks revealed he had sustained a broken pelvis.

A check of the cat’s microchip also disclosed that his name was Rigby and he was registered at an address in Eastbourne. The RSPCA contacted owner Chris Doughty who revealed Rigby had vanished five days previously.

The RSPCA speculated that Rigby had been knocked over by another vehicle and then crawled up into the hire car’s engine for warmth. Mr Lovell noted that it was simply one of fate’s little oddities that Rigby had chosen a hire car and ended up 130 miles from home.

Mr Doughty noted it was a further twist of destiny that saw Rigby end up at an Oxfordshire vet’s that was just two doors away from where he originally came from as a kitten. He noted that Rigby was as well as could be expected after his ordeal, but there was a pretty good chance he would have to have his tail amputated.



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