Cat missing for year found in flowerpot
A cat that went missing more than a year ago has been found in Dunkerton.
When her beloved cat disappeared Melissa Jones thought that was the last she would see of him.
The 30-year-old from Bath knows all about missing animals through her work at Bath Cats and Dogs Home.
But Marley has defied expectations by turning up unharmed.
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The wandering cat was found in a flowerpot in a garden in nearby Dunkerton and after a visit to the vets was reunited with his grateful owner.
As he had been microchipped, staff at the Bath Vet Group's Rosemary Lodge Hospital were able to find Melissa.
She knows how important it is to microchip pets through her job at the Claverton Down complex, where she sees lost and abandoned cats every day.
She said: "I was delighted to be reunited with Marley, and am very grateful to the people who took him to the hospital.
"As to what he has been up to for the best part of the year, I can only guess."
Marley was taken to the animal hospital at Wellsway, where the contact details for Melissa, an animal care and welfare delivery manager, were found.
Client care nurse Sharon Curtis said it was important for people to have their pets microchipped.
She said: "It is lovely to have a happy ending as all too often we see stray cats with no microchip or identification and then they have to go to the cats and dogs home.
"Miss Jones was shocked to receive my call that he had been found after all this time. She was overjoyed that he was fit and well."