Flytippers left my cat looking like Bagpuss!

Casper the cat bore an uncanny likeness to Seventies favourite Bagpuss after being covered in ink

Casper the cat bore an uncanny likeness to Seventies favourite Bagpuss after being covered in ink

First published in Echo News by

RED ink dumped on an industrial estate has transformed Casper the cat into a furry pink Bagpuss lookalike.

Even after a thorough bath and shampoo at the local vet’s, the grey and white moggie remains distinctly pink around the gills...and looking uncannily like the Seventies children’s TV favourite.

The incident had also made his owner see red. She is worried other rubbish on Eastwood’s Progress Road industrial estate, could seriously harm pets and attract vermin.

The 18-month-old pet returned to his home in Gipson Park Close, Eastwood, on Saturday, covered from top to toe in red.

Owner Jayne Richardson says she found a trail of red on bushes and vegetation leading from rubbish dumped on the estate.

Southend Standard:

Traces of the red ink has been found in plants behind the industrial estate

Mrs Richardson, 40, is angry and concerned because she says other cats have also been seen with the ink on them.

There have also been reports of pink foxes being seen in the area.

She said: “It just highlights what a problem flytipping is.

“There’s evidence of this ink in the bushes at the end of our street and there are trails going from the Progress Road industrial estate, where there are also huge mountains of rubbish piled up.

“It’s affected all of us here, as we don’t feel as though we can let our cats out any more, in case they get covered in this ink again.

“The rubbish has also been attracting rats and mice, which we’ve never had a problem with before, Now we’re overrun with them.

“If you leave your back door open, they’re coming in. It’s a nuisance that is going to be made worse if this rubbish isn’t cleared up.”

Mohammed Hussain, of nearby Allied Foods business, said he had allowed Mrs Richardson to look round his premises when she visited the estate and was confident his business was not causing problems.

He added: “There were building materials in our yard while we had work going on, but all that has gone now. Health and hygiene is a big priority for us as we are a food distribution business.”

Southend Standard:

Despite a thorough scrub, Casper is still somewhat pink around the gills

A Southend Council spokesman said: “We always take reports of nuisance and environmental issues seriously and endeavour to investigate where we have the specific details to enable us to do so.

“We would also encourage residents to report other nuisance issues to the regulatory services team.”

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7:39am Wed 26 Mar 14

abd123 says...

If there was a food source in the rubbish the vermin would eat that. They would not risk going into your house when there us an easier source.
If there was a food source in the rubbish the vermin would eat that. They would not risk going into your house when there us an easier source. abd123
  • Score: 0

8:45am Wed 26 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

What a cat-astrophe!
What a cat-astrophe! Chris Flunk
  • Score: 10

8:57am Wed 26 Mar 14

Saxonpride says...

Can you please not trivialise an incident of animal abuse by saying that the cat 'looks like Bagpuss'? The poor thing was probably terrified and you're making a big joke of it. Well, animal abuse is not a joke, and neither is fly tipping.
Can you please not trivialise an incident of animal abuse by saying that the cat 'looks like Bagpuss'? The poor thing was probably terrified and you're making a big joke of it. Well, animal abuse is not a joke, and neither is fly tipping. Saxonpride
  • Score: 0

9:37am Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Ooooo Mrs Slocombes pink ****.
Ooooo Mrs Slocombes pink ****. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 11

9:50am Wed 26 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

The need to meowve that rubbish to somewhere safe.
The need to meowve that rubbish to somewhere safe. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: -9

9:52am Wed 26 Mar 14

Cor Blimey says...

Hahahaha brilliant, funniest story in a while hahahaha hahahaha!
Hahahaha brilliant, funniest story in a while hahahaha hahahaha! Cor Blimey
  • Score: 4

10:16am Wed 26 Mar 14

Chris Flunk says...

Saxonpride wrote:
Can you please not trivialise an incident of animal abuse by saying that the cat 'looks like Bagpuss'? The poor thing was probably terrified and you're making a big joke of it. Well, animal abuse is not a joke, and neither is fly tipping.
Abuse is deliberate cruelty or violence. This seems to be more a case of a cat getting itself into somewhere it probably shouldn't and getting covered in discarded ink as a consequence. Lighten up, it's not abuse and nothing dyed.
[quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Can you please not trivialise an incident of animal abuse by saying that the cat 'looks like Bagpuss'? The poor thing was probably terrified and you're making a big joke of it. Well, animal abuse is not a joke, and neither is fly tipping.[/p][/quote]Abuse is deliberate cruelty or violence. This seems to be more a case of a cat getting itself into somewhere it probably shouldn't and getting covered in discarded ink as a consequence. Lighten up, it's not abuse and nothing dyed. Chris Flunk
  • Score: -2

10:17am Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Ooooo Mrs Slocombes pink ****.
Pu$$y is a banned word it appears....but it don't look good when Pu$$y is replaced with 4 asterisk, know what i mean nudge nudge.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Ooooo Mrs Slocombes pink ****.[/p][/quote]Pu$$y is a banned word it appears....but it don't look good when Pu$$y is replaced with 4 asterisk, know what i mean nudge nudge. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -10

10:19am Wed 26 Mar 14

Smudgie Bugglers says...

Chris Flunk wrote:
Saxonpride wrote: Can you please not trivialise an incident of animal abuse by saying that the cat 'looks like Bagpuss'? The poor thing was probably terrified and you're making a big joke of it. Well, animal abuse is not a joke, and neither is fly tipping.
Abuse is deliberate cruelty or violence. This seems to be more a case of a cat getting itself into somewhere it probably shouldn't and getting covered in discarded ink as a consequence. Lighten up, it's not abuse and nothing dyed.
Appalling attitude. How would you like it? Cats have felines too!
[quote][p][bold]Chris Flunk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saxonpride[/bold] wrote: Can you please not trivialise an incident of animal abuse by saying that the cat 'looks like Bagpuss'? The poor thing was probably terrified and you're making a big joke of it. Well, animal abuse is not a joke, and neither is fly tipping.[/p][/quote]Abuse is deliberate cruelty or violence. This seems to be more a case of a cat getting itself into somewhere it probably shouldn't and getting covered in discarded ink as a consequence. Lighten up, it's not abuse and nothing dyed.[/p][/quote]Appalling attitude. How would you like it? Cats have felines too! Smudgie Bugglers
  • Score: 3

10:20am Wed 26 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.
IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: -4

10:23am Wed 26 Mar 14

Smudgie Bugglers says...

BenfleetBarrel wrote:
IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.
I think that 8 out of 10 cats would disagree with you.
[quote][p][bold]BenfleetBarrel[/bold] wrote: IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.[/p][/quote]I think that 8 out of 10 cats would disagree with you. Smudgie Bugglers
  • Score: 15

10:24am Wed 26 Mar 14

BenfleetBarrel says...

Smudgie Bugglers wrote:
BenfleetBarrel wrote: IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.
I think that 8 out of 10 cats would disagree with you.
Yes, I should retract that clawful pun.
[quote][p][bold]Smudgie Bugglers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenfleetBarrel[/bold] wrote: IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.[/p][/quote]I think that 8 out of 10 cats would disagree with you.[/p][/quote]Yes, I should retract that clawful pun. BenfleetBarrel
  • Score: 7

10:28am Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Are they Pawsitive it was fly tippers..?
Are they Pawsitive it was fly tippers..? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 7

10:33am Wed 26 Mar 14

Smudgie Bugglers says...

BenfleetBarrel wrote:
Smudgie Bugglers wrote:
BenfleetBarrel wrote: IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.
I think that 8 out of 10 cats would disagree with you.
Yes, I should retract that clawful pun.
It's just not up to your usual pedigree, chum.
[quote][p][bold]BenfleetBarrel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Smudgie Bugglers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenfleetBarrel[/bold] wrote: IAMSure that a bit of dye won't hurt its Felix.[/p][/quote]I think that 8 out of 10 cats would disagree with you.[/p][/quote]Yes, I should retract that clawful pun.[/p][/quote]It's just not up to your usual pedigree, chum. Smudgie Bugglers
  • Score: 8

10:39am Wed 26 Mar 14

Cor Blimey says...

Maybe you should put your puss in boots
Maybe you should put your puss in boots Cor Blimey
  • Score: 3

10:51am Wed 26 Mar 14

Shoobers says...

Fur-give and fur-get, is what I say...
Fur-give and fur-get, is what I say... Shoobers
  • Score: 11

11:09am Wed 26 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Calm down everyone. Take a moggydon .....
Calm down everyone. Take a moggydon ..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 5

12:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Dan-Hockley says...

Bagpuss! Absolute genius.

What's funnier is that Mrs Richardson went round the trading estate trying to find the culprit ... crazy cat lady!!!
Bagpuss! Absolute genius. What's funnier is that Mrs Richardson went round the trading estate trying to find the culprit ... crazy cat lady!!! Dan-Hockley
  • Score: 13

1:13pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Jodaius says...

Flytipping is clearly a problem, there is no excuse and I hope the culprits are found.

BUT I've never understood why cat owners think it's acceptable to open their back door, let the cat out on its own and then absolve themselves of any responsibility for it while it roams around freely. And then go running to the paper when it gets into trouble. If somebody did this with any other animal (dog, rabbit, horse etc.) it would be considered neglect. Not to mention the fact that I'm sick of cats using my driveway as a litter tray.

If the answer is that it's in cat's nature to want to roam, then perhaps this is an indication that they do not, in fact, make suitable pets?
Flytipping is clearly a problem, there is no excuse and I hope the culprits are found. BUT I've never understood why cat owners think it's acceptable to open their back door, let the cat out on its own and then absolve themselves of any responsibility for it while it roams around freely. And then go running to the paper when it gets into trouble. If somebody did this with any other animal (dog, rabbit, horse etc.) it would be considered neglect. Not to mention the fact that I'm sick of cats using my driveway as a litter tray. If the answer is that it's in cat's nature to want to roam, then perhaps this is an indication that they do not, in fact, make suitable pets? Jodaius
  • Score: -12

2:31pm Wed 26 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

I have a suggestion...if all us cat/animal lovers club together and put a few quid in the kitty we could get Casper sorted out to his former glory.
I have a suggestion...if all us cat/animal lovers club together and put a few quid in the kitty we could get Casper sorted out to his former glory. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 7

4:17pm Wed 26 Mar 14

TowerBlockDreams says...

I'd swear its the cat from the mobile network "3" advert, seems he'll do anything for publicity, we all need silly stuff ;-)
I'd swear its the cat from the mobile network "3" advert, seems he'll do anything for publicity, we all need silly stuff ;-) TowerBlockDreams
  • Score: 3

4:57pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Steve H says...

What would Professor Yaffle say....
What would Professor Yaffle say.... Steve H
  • Score: 4

8:26pm Wed 26 Mar 14

TheaWells says...

sheesh, I hope she hasn't got cream furniture!
sheesh, I hope she hasn't got cream furniture! TheaWells
  • Score: 5

12:18am Thu 27 Mar 14

mr.happy says...

Keep the cat under control and don't let it wander. Failing that get a dog instead.
Keep the cat under control and don't let it wander. Failing that get a dog instead. mr.happy
  • Score: -1

1:57pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Nelly99 says...

Best write to Cats Protection at
Constant Mews
Scratchin,
Itchin,
Herts.
Best write to Cats Protection at Constant Mews Scratchin, Itchin, Herts. Nelly99
  • Score: 2

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