Cat named Billy Elliot is found dumped near Hartlepool dance studio
Meet Billy Elliot – the cat rescued after he was found soaking wet and crying after he was found abandoned in a toy box near a dance studio.
The RSPCA has given him the name of the character from the hit film – shot in East Durham – after it was alerted.
The black and white male cat was found at 9am on Saturday, May 8, outside Stranton Garage, in Waldon Street, Hartlepool by parents and staff from the neighbouring dance studio.
Inspector Clare Wilson said: “Billy appeared to be in good health, of normal body weight and had been neutered so he must have been looked after until this point.
“It appears whoever owned him decided they didn’t want him anymore so put him in a toy box which was dumped in the street.
“He was found on Saturday morning so I suspect he was dumped sometime overnight on Friday - he was crying and soaking wet when he was found and obviously very frightened.”
She added: “I am hoping someone may recognise the cat or the toy box and know who he belongs to.
“It is lucky that he was found by kind people before anything happened to him.
"It has been very cold and wet in the last few days and he was very distressed.
“I want to remind people that there are many charities that are willing to help people who have fallen on hard times and can’t look after their animals anymore and I would always urge people to call for help rather than abandoning an animal in this way.”
Contact the RSPCA appeals line with information on 0300 1238018.