Friday, October 11, 2002

Why Iraq?Sky News - Cat Hitches 350 Mile Lift

Three-year-old Burmese cat Gallagher, which has a history of jumping into cars, disappeared for a month.

He was found wandering in Stockton-on-Tees.

RSPCA officials realised he had an identity microchip implanted and traced him to owner Rachel Pedley's home 350 miles away in Hampshire.

RSPCA animal collection officer Kirsten Anderson said: "Apparently Gallagher has a fondness for jumping into cars, so we think he must have climbed into a van or truck and accidentally hitched himself a lift up north.

Rachel, 20, said Gallagher had suffered from asthma and had been pampered for years because of his condition.

He currently needed inhalers twice a day, regular eye drops and visited a specialist to aid his condition three times a month.

She had been told by a psychic the cat was dead and is now due to be reunited with Gallagher later this week.

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