A landlord has been threatened with police action after he confiscated his tenant’s cat having found the feline starving in a disgusting faeces-covered flat.
Michael Moody seized the one-year-old black-and-white cat from appalling conditions after neighbours reported hearing its cries for help “day and night”.
Animal-lover Michael, 40, described the cat as “very friendly” but said: “clearly the owner is not capable of looking after the it.”
He was “horrified” to find his flat in Skegness, Lincs., covered in faeces and rubbish from bin bags the desperate cat had scavenged for food.
Michael believes the starving cat, which he has renamed Bob, only survived on toilet water.
The landlord called the unnamed tenant and refused to hand Bob back despite being threatened with being reported to police for theft.
Mr Moody said: “Clearly the owner is not capable of looking after the cat.
“I think he [the tenant] just wanted some company, but he needs to learn to look after himself before he starts looking after a pet.
“I have never heard something as bad as this – he is just an innocent cat. We’ve taken control. The owner is not getting the cat back. He did get hostile and threatened to call the police, but what would they do?
“After concern from other residents in my property about the cat crying through the day and night I’ve decided to intervene only to discover the cat had been left for a considerable length of time on it’s own, whilst seeming to living of what it could find with no clean water.
“So the cat we shall call Bob is now safe with me and my partner and he’s in good hands. He is very friendly and loves people, he is house trained.
“I’ve been informed I will be reported to the police, should I do this. I believe I’m doing the right thing whether it’s legal or not. I’m hoping to find a loving home for a little black 12 months male cat.”
Mr Moody and his fiancee Magda Obiala, who already have two German shepherds and three cats at their family home, and now appealing on Facebook to rehome Bob.
He said: “Bob is a lovely cat and we can’t let him down, so we want to make sure he goes to the right home.”