Covered in ticks and fleas but alive

PUBLISHED: 09:02 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 15 June 2010

A FAMILY pet, which went missing for four months, has turned up 11 miles away from home. The Salisbury family, of Willow Walk, Honiton, gave up hope of ever being reunited with their cat, Frankie, after exhaustive efforts to find him came to nothing.

A FAMILY pet, which went missing for four months, has turned up 11 miles away from home.The Salisbury family, of Willow Walk, Honiton, gave up hope of ever being reunited with their cat, Frankie, after exhaustive efforts to find him came to nothing.Two-year-old Frankie disappeared last December - while the Salisburys were on holiday."I never feared he was dead," said Carla Salisbury. "I just thought someone had taken him and that I'd never get him back."Carla and 13-year-old son Jonathan got the news they had been longing for on Tuesday last week. They received a call from a receptionist at New Street Veterinary Surgery to say a cat matching Frankie's description had been brought in."We were asked to go and identify him," said Carla. "I couldn't look, because I was frightened it wouldn't be him. Then Jonathan said it WAS him."He was in a bit of a state. His fur was completely matted, and he had ticks, fleas, worms and a sore paw."It took vets all day to sort him out."Frankie was spotted in a garden at Stockland just over a month ago. The homeowner heard him calling for food and saw that he was in an emaciated state. She left food out for him and, after four weeks, managed to coax him into her house. She then called Cats Protection.Carla said: "The lady was prepared to look after Frankie until he was re-homed and Cats Protection arranged for him to go to the vets'. "It's there that a receptionist checked through files and realised he matched the description of a missing cat."I am very, very grateful to the lady at Stockland. I can't thank her enough.

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