28th Jan, 2020

Appeal launched after cat who was autistic Droitwich boy's best friend was found dead in Wychbold

Tristan Harris 25th Jul, 2018 Updated: 25th Jul, 2018

A DROITWICH family has appealed for information on what happened to their pet cat who was found dead in Wychbold.

Amy Ravenhill contacted The Standard following the incident last Friday.

Aurora who was a Persian cross ragdoll was her autistic son Leland’s best friend and was predominantly a house cat, spending every moment with him.

Amy said: “Wherever he was, she was.

“She slept on his bed every night and he would hold her in his arms for hours on end – she was the perfect cat for us.”

Amy researched a number of breeds to find the cat with the best temperament for Leland’s needs.

Leland is eight years old but, because of his condition, is at the same level as a two-year-old. He also has hypermobility problems, uses a wheelchair and is educated at home as there are no places for him at the local special schools.

“He would sit with the cat in the wheelchair or push her around in it.

“They were inseparable,” added Amy.

Last Friday at 8am Amy and her husband Ben took Leland and their other three children to do the school run and Aurora was on the doorstep.

When they returned home she was nowhere to be seen.

At 4.20pm they put up posters, appealed on Facebook and ‘Spotted’ pages and phoned around local vets in a bid to get any information on what had happened.

Amy heard in the evening there was a sighting at 8.30am by Wychbold First School and was given the devastating news that Aurora had been found dead in bushes by 9am.

The pet could not have physically got to Wychbold in 30 minutes from the family’s home in Camp Furlong and there are no car parks or driveways nearby where she could have got into a vehicle.

“She would not have done that anyway. She was quite shy and only really went as far as the front doorstep,” said Amy.

The family are now desperate to chart Aurora’s journey to find out what happened to her, whether someone stole her and she escaped or she went off and got lost and was picked up by someone hoping to help her.

Amy said: “It is hard to accept she has gone and we just want closure now.

“We want anyone who knows anything to get in touch.

“Leland is not sleeping well at night and keeps asking when Aurora is coming home.

“He does not have the mental capacity to comprehend what has happened.

“It’s absolutely heart-breaking.”

Anyone with any information on what happened to Aurora can call The Standard’s newsdesk on 01527 588657 or email us at editor@droitwichstandard.co.uk and we will pass the information on.

Amy added: “We would like to say a big thank you to so many people who have sent well-wishing messages and flowers.

“It has been overwhelming – it is so nice when a community like this gets together and we are so thankful for their support.”

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