A cat was found abandoned in a park with a ‘help me’ note attached to its carrier saying its owners could not longer afford it.
The Scottish SPCA has now launched an investigation into the “unacceptable” way the cat was left in Ravenscraig Park, Kirkcaldy.
A passer-by came across the moggie, which is called Nessie, while walking in the park on Tuesday.
The note says Nessie has a skin condition which the former owners could no longer afford to treat.
SSPCA animal rescue officer Kelly McGuire said if the cat had not been found, there could have been tragic consequences, especially since the colder nights are now drawing in.
She said: “Taking on a pet is a big responsibility and we understand that vet bills can be expensive however abandoning an animal like this is unacceptable.
“Nessie was contained in her pink carrier and if she hadn’t have been found could have gotten in serious trouble.
“There was no food or water in her carrier either, and the nights are particularly cold right now and we have no idea how long she was left before she was found.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.