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Injured cat left on a Kidderminster railway for four hours
7:30am Thursday 13th September 2012 in Local
AN injured cat which was left for nearly four hours on a railway track after being hit by a train in Kidderminster has prompted an investigation by Network Rail.
Onlookers were “disgusted” that the white cat was left suffering on the railway track by Offmore Road after his leg had been amputated by a passing train.
Network Rail apologised for not acting sooner.
Margaret Carter, who first alerted the authorities, said: “I felt physically sick. Everybody was totally disgusted that nobody came to help. It shouldn’t have happened.”
Mrs Carter was first told about the cat by her husband John who was at the Railway Train pub.
She called West Mercia Police at 11.20am who said they would pass the message on to the British Transport Police (BTP).
The cat was still alive on the tracks when Mrs Carter left the pub at about 2.45pm.
It was not picked up until 3.15pm nearly four hours after authorities had first been alerted.
A spokesman for the BTP said: “West Mercia Police reported the incident to BTP at 11.31am and Network Rail was informed within ten minutes.
“BTP then received a further call from a member of the public at 2.17pm. Network Rail was again quickly notified with a manager due to attend.”
Mrs Carter, who has one dog, added: “The cat’s body was in one place and its leg in another. It was dying a slow death.
“We couldn’t go onto the tracks because of the trespassing fine.”
The RSPCA were alerted to the injured cat by Network Rail at 2.45pm and an officer attended the scene.
The cat was put down at Vale vets for welfare reasons.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We did receive a call at about 11.30am according to our incident log and we did not act for about three hours.
“I can only offer my sincere apologies. We will have an internal investigation to find out why there was a delay in our response.”