A kitten has thankfully been rescued after being found at South Harrow McDonald’s restuarant with his tail cut off on Halloween.
The cat was found in the toilets by a cleaner at the South Harrow McDonald’s on the morning of October 31.
Animal rescue officer Jade Guthrie, who went to collect the kitten and took him to our Finsbury Park Hospital, said: “Poor Nugget, as we’ve called him, was found hiding behind one of the toilets in McDonald’s. He was wet, bedraggled and really frightened so we fear he may have been dumped in the toilet water. It’s a really weird scenario.
“Staff were really worried about the tiny kitten so they called us and rushed him to a local veterinary hospital and we collected him from there. He’s now at our hospital in north London where he’s getting lots of TLC from our vets and nurses.
“Poor Nugget’s tail is completely missing and he’s been left with just a stump. We fear his tail may have been cut off deliberately as vets found two clear marks on the base where it looks like someone has tried and failed to remove it, before removing it on a second attempt. The McDonald’s staff searched for Nugget’s tail but they couldn¿t find it.
“Our vets don’t believe that his tail has come off in an accident – such as getting it stuck somewhere – as it’s been removed so high up. It’s all very strange and it’s concerning to think that poor Nugget may have been through unimaginable pain.”
Jade added: “Nugget is so tiny it would be easy to smuggle him into the toilets without being seen; someone may have hidden him in their pocket or under their coat.”
Operations Manager, Thom Russell said: “On 31st October our team found a cat in the toilets of our restaurant in South Harrow. The cat was clearly distressed and our Business Manager Jatin and his wife acted fast to get him to a vets. We’d like to thank Jatin and his wife Melissa for their kindness in going above and beyond to help Nugget.
“Melissa travelled from home and stayed with the Cat for hours before taking him to the RSPCA over 1 hour from home, a real act of kindness from a cat lover.
We came to the rescue of a three-month-old kitten who was found in McDonald's with his tail cut off 😿 Affectionately named Nugget, he's now in the best place with our animal hospital team and we're appealing for information: https://t.co/CZPJn2K7Fx
Drop a 😻 to wish him well! pic.twitter.com/y9jXtfdMMQ
— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) November 7, 2021
“We’re supporting the RSPCA with their investigation and we’d urge anyone with any information about Nugget to come forward.”
“Jatin and Melissa have enquired about homing Nugget (or Ronald as they named him) to bring home and live with their cat Jalebi.”
Since the story became public, people have been sending their well wishes to Nugget via McDonalds.