Redbridge Council admits dumping resident’s beloved dead cat in landfill site

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 September 2017

Sunil with his cat Wally

Sunil with his cat Wally


A Gants Hill resident has been left distraught after the council accidentally dumped his pet cat in a landfill site.

Sunil with a photo of his dead cat Kitty.Sunil with a photo of his dead cat Kitty.

Sunil Asal, 37, of Gants Hill, made the discovery after he spent a week trying to find out what had happened to his beloved three-year-old cat Kitty.

He was forced to become a sleuth after Redbridge Council insisted that the pet had been cremated after it was run over in Beehive Lane.

After the moggy was run over, it was picked up on September 7 by the council’s cleansing team.

But following a shift change, the new team was not informed about the cat.

Photo of his cat Kitty.Photo of his cat Kitty.

Instead of transporting him to the depot at Jenkins Lane, in Barking, where he could be stored until Sunil could be contacted, Kitty was unceremoniously dumped.

Devastated Sunil, who has two other cats called Wally and Sweety, has slammed the council for handling his case badly.

He said: “I was in complete shock

“Kitty came into my life into 2014 as a stray and he became very important to me.”

The council contacted Sunil on September 8 after scanning Kitty and the 37-year-old resident was told that the cat had been cremated.

However the local authority had actually stopped using an incinerator service in March following a review of its service.

Sunil says he was told that the cat had been “disposed off” before the worker admitted he did not know where Kitty had gone.

After taking matters into his own hands, Sunil, who works as a retail assistant, visited the Jenkins Lane site.

After inspecting the cold storage facility, he found there was no trace of Kitty, and a worker told him to ask the council for the registration number of the vehicle.

But when he went back to the council, they could not produce a number and on September 18, they sent an email confirming that the much-loved moggy had been disposed of.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said: ‘We are extremely sorry that this happened and we would like to once again send our apologies to Mr Asal.

“We understand that it is distressing enough losing a loved animal and we are reviewing our animal retrieval and transfer service to prevent a situation like this from happening again.”

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