A kitten was found tied to a fence by its neck eight days after disappearing from its home in Hartley Wintney.

The RSPCA is appealing to the public after eighteen-month-old Archie was discovered at a building site.

The tabby went missing on June 3 and his worried owners did leaflet drops and looked around the area in a bid to find their beloved pet.

Owner Louise Heckford said: “We were distraught when Archie went missing, we leaflet-dropped 200 houses and made posters.

“He usually goes out at very regular times and has never been missing before.

“I don’t know where he had been as we searched the area where he was found.

“We were lucky the builders had been keeping an eye out for him.

“We are so glad to have him home now and are grateful he was OK, although he has lost a lot of confidence.

“Now we just want to make sure no-one else has to go through this.”


The estate the owners live on is still under construction with many workers present.

On June 11, a construction worker found the cat lying on the ground with a tight ligature around his neck and the other end tied to a temporary metal fence.

Archie was very thin and dehydrated and was not moving.

The owners were contacted straight away and took the cat to the vets, where the nylon cord had to be cut from the Archie’s neck.

He has an open depression wound around his neck, and it is suspected the cord was tied around him deliberately.

Fortunately Archie is now recovering well but the RSPCA is hoping someone from the area may have know how he came to be tied up.

Jan Edwards, RSPCA inspector, said: “This was a horrible ordeal for poor Archie and his owners too.

“He must have been terrified when he was tied up and we don’t know how long he had been there.

"We’d like to get to the bottom of what happened to prevent this possibly happening again to any other cats.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the animal charity on 0300 123 8018.