Fury as dead cat incinerated after road accident in Northway Road, Addiscombe

Mavis was the beloved pet of Emma Pearce and Steve Collingwood and their one-year-old baby Isla.

Mavis was the beloved pet of Emma Pearce and Steve Collingwood and their one-year-old baby Isla.

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A family is devastated after learning their dead cat was incinerated and ‘thrown away like a piece of rubbish’ leaving them with no chance to say goodbye.

Heartbroken Steve Collingwood and his fiancée Emma Pearce wish they had been able to bury their black and white cat after she was hit by a car just a few doors down from their home in Northway Road, Addiscombe.

But the couple were not told about the death of Mavis until five days after her body was found by Croydon Council contractors.

By then the four-and-a-half year old had been burned along with, they believe, rubbish picked up on the streets.

She had a microchip so Mr Collingwood and his partner could have been traced, and he is now calling for a change in council policy to make sure this always happens.

The 37-year-old said: "They never gave us the chance to bury our cat properly.

"They have picked it up and thrown it in the back of a van and destroyed it.

"If a pet dies you have a burial and can move on but when this happens you cannot draw a line under it.

"You think about her last hours and to be thrown away like a piece of rubbish isn’t acceptable."

The father-of-one added: "All the time we were putting flyers up and the cat had been destroyed.

"A simple scan would have revealed it was our cat.

"They have to look into and change their policies and get scanning machines for their workers."

A Croydon Council spokesman said: "The council’s dog warden has been working with Veolia, our street cleaning contractor, for the last few months to work out an improved system which will be in place in a few weeks.

"At present street cleaners look for collars and tags and the warden will scan dead domestic animals for chips whenever she is on duty, but in the future the contractors will have scanners and will be able to do this themselves.

"Veolia have no facilities for hygienically storing the bodies of dead animals, however, whenever an owner is identified they will always be contacted so they at least know what has happened to their pet."

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12:13pm Tue 12 Aug 14

D Hoole says...

So has it taken 'the last few months' plus 'a few weeks' , to work out that giving the street cleaners access to scanners would stop this happening ?
So has it taken 'the last few months' plus 'a few weeks' , to work out that giving the street cleaners access to scanners would stop this happening ? D Hoole
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12:24pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Noddyblanket says...

You can get a scanner for about £60 on amazon. Could just scan there and then and then if family want to collect the body then a simple phone call and they could do so...
You can get a scanner for about £60 on amazon. Could just scan there and then and then if family want to collect the body then a simple phone call and they could do so... Noddyblanket
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4:05pm Tue 12 Aug 14

alroutemaster says...

Disgusting behaviour by the council when a few quid spent on scanners would have avoided this. Perhaps they'd like to save a bit more and treat all road traffic victims the same way.......!
Disgusting behaviour by the council when a few quid spent on scanners would have avoided this. Perhaps they'd like to save a bit more and treat all road traffic victims the same way.......! alroutemaster
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7:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Alba 75 says...

croydon council, not surprising about this ! they workers are lazy to pick up the rubbish, imagine to put in a safe place the body of a poor cat ! I time i have see a worker kick the rubbish front my house , because he was too lazy to pick up the small bag on the floor. You tell me what i should i do to him , slap his ugly face and reported him ! they are lazy and they don t have respect for people's pets , especially when they find it on the road dead. How many foxes die on the street ? this because people's run with car, don t really know where this people 's going like that faster ... Morons
croydon council, not surprising about this ! they workers are lazy to pick up the rubbish, imagine to put in a safe place the body of a poor cat ! I time i have see a worker kick the rubbish front my house , because he was too lazy to pick up the small bag on the floor. You tell me what i should i do to him , slap his ugly face and reported him ! they are lazy and they don t have respect for people's pets , especially when they find it on the road dead. How many foxes die on the street ? this because people's run with car, don t really know where this people 's going like that faster ... Morons Alba 75
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12:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Dani78 says...

Croydon Council are a disgrace....
Croydon Council are a disgrace.... Dani78
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6:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

LukeBrian says...

"Veolia have no facilities for hygienically storing the bodies of dead animals, however, whenever an owner is identified they will always be contacted so they at least know what has happened to their pet." This seems highly inadequate. Surely an appropriate facility could be made use of somewhere in the borough? A side effect of councils subbing out services I bet
"Veolia have no facilities for hygienically storing the bodies of dead animals, however, whenever an owner is identified they will always be contacted so they at least know what has happened to their pet." This seems highly inadequate. Surely an appropriate facility could be made use of somewhere in the borough? A side effect of councils subbing out services I bet LukeBrian
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