Road to Dundee full of surprises for ‘Bellzie’


Animal welfare workers want to reunite an adventurous little cat from Bellshill with her owner - after she took an unexpected road trip on New Year’s Day.

The Scottish SPCA wants to hear from the owner of the animal who climbed into a 45ft refrigerated lorry in Bellshill and ended up in Dundee.

The charity was alerted when lorry driver Derek Purdom handed in the young female cat.

Derek believes the cat got into the back of his lorry while it was being loaded at Yearsley’s yard on Belgrave Street, Bellshill.

He then drove to Dundee where the lorry was unloaded and the unexpected cargo was discovered.

As Derek works nightshift he very kindly fed, watered and cared for the cat until he could take her to the Scottish SPCA’s Hamilton-based centre where she has been nicknamed Bellzie.

Assistant manager Lorraine Alba said: “Bellzie is a lovely wee cat who’s around two years old and in great condition so it’s very likely she has simply wandered off from home and got herself in a spot of bother.

“She’s a very lucky girl as the driver told us that his lorry has a freezer section and if she had found her way into there then she would not have survived the journey.

“Thankfully she was found in a separate compartment ensuring she was completely unharmed despite her curiosity getting the better of her.”

Anyone who recognises Bellzie is asked to call the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.