A desperate search is underway to try and find a cat which was tortured with a cigarette lighter after she escaped from her new home.
Duffy captured the hearts of north Cumbrians after featuring in the News & Star earlier this month following an appeal from the Blue Cross in Carlisle to find her a new home.
She had been found cowering in a tree in Rickerby Park, Carlisle, with multiple burns – mainly to her nose – which it is believed were deliberately inflicted.
Dawn Harmse fell for the beautiful black and white feline, and thought she would be the perfect addition to her family after the death of one of her cats from cancer last year.
“I got her last Wednesday,” Dawn, of Glaramara Drive, Carlisle, explained. “She was settling in really well – she would sit on your knee for a stroke and loved lying on the window sill.
“She had even settled in alongside our other cat.”
Dawn admits it was this false confidence that meant she opened the door while having a barbecue on Sunday, and Duffy ran away.
“Duffy is still very nervous,” she continued, “and jumpy.
“It was silly – we thought she would come to us but she got spooked.”
Dawn has been frantically searching everywhere for the terrified feline, returning to Rickerby Park as well as hunting all around Glaramara Drive, off Wigton Road.
“We have a problem in that we don’t know where she was originally from, so we don’t know where she might head back to,” she added.
“She’s scared of men we think, so it’s tough for just anyone to get her.”
Posters have now been put up around the area, and Dawn is appealing for anyone who spots her not to try and catch her but instead to phone Dawn immediately on 07799 886020 or contact Carlisle Blue Cross.