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Stowaway cat in 1,000 mile trip
Mario the cat
Mario travelled from Milan to north Wales in three days
A stowaway cat has been discovered at a Flintshire lift company after a 1,000 mile trip from Milan in Italy.

The six-month-old kitten named Mario hitched a lift in the back of a lorry heading for the Global Lift Equipment factory in Flint.

The trip took three days and the black Manx cat escaped relatively unscathed.

However, animal lovers now have to raise 1,500 to pay for his six month stay in a quarantine centre in Chester.

Mario is in quarantine to rule out the possibility of him having rabies.

However, bosses at Global Lift initially called the Flintshire Wildlife and Rescue Centre in Holywell for help.

"My mum had gone to take my sister to school and I took the call from the factory," said Kate Pierce-Jones, whose mother Joy runs the centre.

"I advised them to put food in a box and they managed to catch him. With him coming from a foreign country we had to tell Defra.

They'd put him down if we can't raise the money but I'll do anything to get the money
Kate Pierce-Jones

"He's in quarantine in Chester now and will be there for six months. If he'd got out in Flint, the whole of Flint would've been under quarantine," the 19-year-old said.

Ms Pierce-Jones said he was "pretty shocked and scared".

Now the teenager and her mother need to try and raise 1,500 to secure his future or he could be put to sleep.

"We've had people ringing since this morning pledging money," she said.

"They'd put him down if we can't raise the money but I'll do anything to get the money," she added.

"He'll come here after six months and he's going to stay with us so everyone who helped him can come and see him.

"If we've got more money than we need for Mario it'll go for all the other animals," she added.




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