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Feral cats in Ross-shire scattered into the night as north battered by storms

By Louise Glen

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A well-respected animal sanctuary has had its large area for feral cats destroyed in gusts of wind up to 90 miles-per-hour.

Munlochy Animal Aid reported that its feral cat runs that house up to 40 animals had been "trashed" in the winds on Monday night.

Shelter owner, and volunteer, Iona Nicol has vowed to rebuild the runs, in spite of it being a "large task".

Mrs Nicol, who runs the centre near Munlochy, said: "We are absolutely heartbroken our feral cat runs have been totally trashed. For the first time in forty years the wind has reduced these runs to ruins.

"Some of the cats have escaped and we are setting catching boxes for them. If anyone in the local area sees a strange, frightened cat please contact us."

She continued: "While the extent of the damage is serious, our first priority is to make sure we get all the cats back. Because of the damage they can just walk back in, but we want to make sure they are all safe and accounted for.

"The winds have destroyed one side of the feral cat enclosure. It was a large area that housed 12 of the feral cats. The entire area will need to be cleared and then rebuilt, it really is a big task.

"At the moment, all I can think about it the safety of the animals."

Munlochy Animal Aid relies solely on donations from the public to carry out its work. Donations can be made to Munlochy Animal Aid, Royal Bank of Scotland, 00736247 using the sort code: 83 23 10.

Related article: Met Office weather warning for strong winds covers all of Wester Ross

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