'Stinky' stray Suffolk cat now ruling rescue centre roost
Six months after a stray with "stinking rotting flesh" from a wound was rescued, the cat has made his presence felt at his new home in Suffolk.
"Sardine" was trapped by volunteers in Newmarket who had seen his injuries.
After treatment, also partly paid for by volunteers, he was taken to a rescue centre for care and eventual rehoming.
However, centre owner Joanne Evans said Sardine "won her heart" and made himself so at home that she could not bear to be parted from him.
About 15 people helped to rescue Sardine after Mick Smith, who runs a Newmarket lost and found pet page on Facebook, became aware of the cat's plight.
It took them four days to lure the injured animal into a cage using tinned sardines as bait.
He was treated by a vet for an abscess on a bite. His flesh had rotted down to his jawbone.
At the time a veterinary nurse treating him said the cat "stank the surgery out, bless him".
Instead of naming him Stinky they called him Sardine.
Miss Evans took the cat to her rescue centre, Animal Craziness, in Ashley to care for him until he was well enough to be rehomed.
However, she said she "fell in love" with Sardine.
"He just fitted in so well here and gets on with almost all the other animals we have," Miss Evans said.
She described the once very poorly cat as "like a big furry panther, now".
Sardine sleeps on her bed but his presence is not welcomed by two of her other pets.
"My Jack Russell terrier and big Labrador are a little scared by Sardine. When he's sitting in a doorway they won't cross his path," Miss Evans said.
"But when I look at him now, and think this time last year he out there in the cold all alone, I just think how lucky I am to have him here with me now."