RSPCA appeal after cat thrown into the river

By Rachel Bishop on August 5, 2014 6:00 PM |


A cat was pulled from the Thames on Sunday after a woman tossed the feline into the water at Greenland Quay.

Shocked passers-by watched as the woman took the tabby, nicknamed Ariel after the little mermaid, out of a basket and threw her in the water at around 8.30pm.

The witnesses sprung to the rescue and leaned over the side of the quay to lift the cat to safety, while the woman left with a dog she had tied to a post while she threw the cat.

Ariel is now being looked after by the RSPCA who are appealing for anyone to come forward with information.

RSPCA inspector Callum Isitt said: "The incident was incredibly distressing for Ariel, and it is only due to the quick thinking of these kind-hearted members of the public that she was spotted and saved. Who knows what would have happened to her if they had not been there.

"It sounds as if they mounted quite a rescue - balancing precariously and leaning down to be able to reach her and scoop her up.

"It is impossible to know what could have made this woman throw the cat into the water like that - but we are very anxious for anyone with any information about her to let us know."

Anyone with any information should contact the RSPCA's information line on 0300 123 8018.