The owner of a cat who was left to drown in a freezing canal has thanked the two friends who saved her pet.
Jane Guy, owner of Asian cat Jeremy whose terrified cries were heard from a floating suitcase in the Grand Union Canal, has expressed her gratitude to pals Alan Reece and Shaun Kamperis, who plucked the puss from the water just in time.
Jane, who lives in Aylesbury, said: “I will be eternally grateful to Alan and Shaun for saving Jeremy. I was shell-shocked when I found out what had happened to him.
“I can’t comprehend what sort of sick maniac would do this. There’s no need. Jeremy and his brother and sister are just pint-sized bundles of joy, they’re the three musketeers.”
The six-month old puss is now back with his brother Tom Tom and sister Lola, none the worse for his ordeal after being checked over by a vet.
Keen fisherman Alan Reece, 25, of Bicester Road, Aylesbury was walking along the towpath of the canal at Broughton Lane, Aylesbury with his friend Shaun Kamperis at around 10.45pm on Tuesday, February 17 to check if the nearby lake was frozen.
The pair saw a silver Citroen car acting suspiciously on the humpback bridge over the canal, then saw the suitcase floating on the water once they were down on the towpath.
Alan, who is dad to Megan, five, and one-year-old Lee, said: “We heard the cat screaming, so we broke a branch off the tree and used it to fish the case to the bank.
“I unzipped it and he shot up the tree. We couldn’t get him out at first but we stayed until we coaxed him out. I took him to the vets the next day, and that’s when they found the microchip.
“He’s a lovely cat. He slept with me on the sofa that night, he wouldn’t leave me alone.”
I just can’t comprehend what sort of sick manic would do thisJane Guy, Jeremy’s owner
Plumber Shaun, 26, said he and Alan were just in ‘the right place at the right time.
He said: “The case was already half full with water, so thank God we were there. It’s disgusting that someone could do that. The poor thing was traumatised.
“I was cuddling him in the car while Alan drove back to his. He was still soaking wet from the canal.”
Anyone with information on this incident should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.