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email They made me look in a freezer for my dead cat; Mum hunting lost animal left distraught after council staff give her wrong pet.

Byline: Lauren Crooks

A distraught cat lover claims council dump staff made her look in blood-stained freezers for the body of her dead cat before handing her a different pet altogether.

Amanda Kinninmont, 36, says staff at the recycling centre made her feel stupid for trying to recover two-year-old Ziggy's body after he was hit by a car.

The mum was desperate to bury the pet and was told his body had been taken to the dump to be cremated.

But at the centre in Polmadie, Glasgow, staff first couldn't find her pet and then gave her a different dead cat.

Tearful Amanda said: "All I wanted to do was get Ziggy's body back so I could give him a proper send off.

"We buried our old cat Marley in the back garden and planted an apple tree in his memory and we wanted to do the same for Ziggy. When I was told his body had been taken to Polmadie, I just got in my car straight away."

Instead of helping Amanda get her cat, staff handed her a yellow rubbish bag and pointed her in the direction of two deep freezers where they keep dead animals.

She said: "I was shaking because I didn't know what to expect but I peered into it. There was lots of blood but no animals."

Amanda was then told they had found a cat that had been left in the wrong place by a driver. They held up a black bag but she was horrified when she reached in pulled out someone else's dead pet.

Ziggy went missing on December 5 and Amanda discovered he had been hit by a car near her Cardonald home.

Amanda, who has another cat called Junior, says she has no idea where Ziggy's body is and she plans to make a formal complaint to the council.

She added: "I thought they might have showed a bit of compassion."

A council spokesman said: "We apologise for any distress. It is obviously not easy for staff to identify an animal they do not know, particularly under these circumstances."

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