Couple’s pet shrine heartache is over

A SPRINGHEAD couple who thought they had lost their personal memories when effigies to their dead cats vanished from their garden has been reunited with the ornaments.

THANKFUL: Lin and David with one of their pets and an effigy from their garden
THANKFUL: Lin and David with one of their pets and an effigy from their garden

Lin Wycherley and David Sutherland had created a private shine in their garden to their much-loved pets but the 11 ornamental cats disappeared.

Lin, a retired health care professional, said: “We didn’t expect to see the cats again and are hugely relieved to have them back, albeit in a bit of a sorry state. We are thankful to the person who reported their whereabouts.”

The kind-hearted couple has cared for cats for 20 years – in some cases with up to nine pet cats living in their historic cottage at any one time.

“As each one passed away, they were buried and a cat-shaped garden ornament marked their last resting place,” Lin added.

BELOVED: This treasured effigy is a reminder of their pet
BELOVED: This treasured effigy is a reminder of their pet

“Each one has been chosen with love and for some attribute that reminded us both of our beloved pets.”

PC Mark Clough of Oldham Borough Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “As the result of an article in a newspaper, we received information and the ornaments have now been returned to the rightful owner.”

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