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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Man throws cat in bag into river
The cat
The cat managed to clamber from the water to safety
A cat managed to swim to safety despite being stuffed into a bag and thrown into an Aberdeen river.

The young cat managed to escape to the embankment after its ordeal in the River Don at the Grandholm Bridge and a witness caught the injured animal.

It is now being cared for by animal welfare experts following Thursday morning's incident.

The Scottish SPCA wants to trace a man who was seen with a dark blue car at the scene.

It was the second high profile animal cruelty incident in the region this week, after a badger was found clinging to a harbour ladder in Fraserburgh.

She's a lovely wee cat and has had a very lucky escape
Alison Adam
Scottish SPCA

In the latest incident, the friendly grey, tan and white cat is thought to be between six months and one year old.

She was wearing a distinctive sparkly silver collar but had no identification.

Scottish SPCA senior inspector Alison Adam, appealing for information through the BBC Scotland news website, said: "She's a lovely wee cat and has had a very lucky escape.

"She has a broken front tooth and is exhausted.

"But amazingly she is otherwise uninjured.

"A witness saw a guy acting suspiciously and going to the back of a car, he took a green bag out and ran across the bridge.

Alison Adam and the cat
The Scottish SPCA said the cat had a lucky escape

"He then lobbed it over and took off."

Inspector Adam said the witness saw the cat "dragging itself up the bank" and got scratched in the attempt to take it into care.

The man was described as smartly dressed with dark trousers and a shirt, and the car was possibly a Vauxhall Astra.

The cat was having a well-earned sleep on Thursday afternoon as it recovered from its ordeal.

The Scottish SPCA urged anyone with information to contact staff in Aberdeen on 01224 581236.

It has also appealed for anonymous information about the badger, which is recovering. Officers are trying to establish which sett it came from.

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