Eastbourne cat discovered in car engine after 140-mile journey

Rigby the cat in Chipping Norton SUS-150810-174235001
Rigby the cat in Chipping Norton SUS-150810-174235001

A black cat from Eastbourne has been reunited with his owner after travelling 140 miles trapped inside the engine of a hire car.

Rigby, an 11-year-old cat from Eastbourne, has been reunited with owner Chris Doughty after he was found curled up in the corner of a car engine by mechanics in a Oxfordshire garage.

The cat was taken to Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital for treatment by RSPCA animal collection officer Dennis Lovell who was able to trace his owner in Eastbourne.

Mr Doughty said, “When we got the call from Dennis at the RSPCA we were so relieved, and amazed Rigby had ended up where he did.

“He had been missing for five days, which was really upsetting as he’s usually jumping on my head in the mornings looking for his breakfast.

“Without the help of the RSPCA and Rigby’s microchip, we would never have got him home again. We are so grateful.

“This whole incident has been very strange at times, and even stranger, the vets surgery in Oxfordshire where Rigby was treated is actually just two doors down from where we first got him as a kitten.”

Vets in Chipping Norton believe Rigby may have been hit by a car in Eastbourne after x-rays revealed he had a shattered pelvis.

They think he hid inside the car engine after being hit, where he stayed during his four-hour journey to Oxfordshire.

Dennis Lovell said, “I was shocked to hear the car had come all the way from Eastbourne. Poor Rigby must have endured a four-hour journey in that engine – which can’t have been very popular.

“I arrived at the garage and it was tricky to get him out as he was very nervous, but eventually I managed to coax him and was relieved to see him in one piece.

“It was a twist of fate the vehicle happened to be a hire car, which was then transported 140 miles away to Oxfordshire.”

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