Little Sutton woman asks: Why did my cat have to die like this?

Gypsy with the bright collar that was meant to keep him safe.
Gypsy with the bright collar that was meant to keep him safe.

A mum is appalled that her beautiful cat was killed by a car yards from home and the driver didn’t bother to tell her.

Angie Maris made sure Gypsy always wore a fluorescent collar so he was more visible, even in bright sunlight, and says his address details were on the collar.

Gypsy looking relaxed on top of an MG.

Gypsy looking relaxed on top of an MG.

But he was hit and killed on Hospital Drove, close to its junction with Bridge Road, at Little Sutton on Saturday lunchtime.

Angie said: “There is no legal requirement to report a car accident involving a cat.

“But, surely, you would expect some human decency.

“I am appalled that someone just left him. It is devastating. Our home will not be the same.”

I am appalled that someone just left him. It is devastating. Our home will not be the same.

Angie Maris

A neighbour found Gypsy’s still warm body at about 1pm, just five doors away from the home where the character cat “adopted” Angie and husband Tony after straying to pastures new.

Angie says the speed limit on her road, which has homes along one side, is too high at a “ridiculous” 60mph but wonders how a driver could have got up so much speed coming in from the junction.

She said: “It could have been someone’s child.

“It was a lovely, sunny day with less traffic than normal.”

Angie Maris with Gypsy after he moved in to her home.

Angie Maris with Gypsy after he moved in to her home.

Angie said Gypsy, a dark tortoiseshell cat with white patches, was pretty street-wise, “slowly wandered about” and didn’t dash out in front of cars.

Gyspy moved in with the couple in July 2013 after making a few visits.

Angie said: “We first found him on the top of the landing one day when we came home. He meowed at us from the top of the stairs. He must have got in through a window.”

His visits became more regular and then Angie checked with a vet to see if an owner could be found via a microchip.

The owner was traced, but didn’t want to keep him.

Angie describes Gypsy as a “friendly, talkative character” who was a big part of the family.

She said: “He was very chatty. You could meow to him and he would meow back – you would meow again and he would meow.”

Angie says she will have another cat because her house “is so lonely” without Gypsy.

“I don’t think you would get another one like him,” she said.

“He was such a character. He was a smashing cat.”