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Celia Hammond rescues kitten trapped on Canning Town roundabout for a month

PUBLISHED: 13:14 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 16 February 2017

Dougal

Dougal

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A terrified kitten which was trapped on a busy roundabout in Canning Town for a month has been rescued by a former model.

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Celia Hammond tried to come to the aid of the tabby for four weeks but he was too frightened and would run off.

He has finally been saved and is being cared for at The Celia Hammond Animal Trust, a charity in Barking Road, Canning Town, which was set up by Ms Hammond in 1986.

The eight-month-old kitten, who has been re-named Dougal after the character from the 1970s children’s programme Magic Roundabout, is now doing well.

Ms Hammond said rescuing Dougal was one of the hardest jobs she has ever had to do.

Celia Hammond set up her charity in 1986Celia Hammond set up her charity in 1986

She told the Recorder: “He was running around scared and never stayed in the same place.

“We do a lot of jobs that are quiet difficult, but for a single cat that was one of the hardest jobs.”

She added: “For the first week or so, we weren’t sure whether he was feral or not as he was unapproachable.”

“He hid in his little shelter and refused to come out, other than to grab something to eat in the middle of the night.

“He clearly was once a pet and is now taking food from our fingers and realises that we love him.”

“He will allow us to stroke him, is still a little jumpy but is improving every day and has made some friends.”

Dougal will be rehomed once he has gained his confidence.

For more information about the charity or to adopt a pet visit celiahammond.org to find out about re-homing Dougal.


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