A DEVASTATED mother has blasted street cleaners for dumping her dead kitten like rubbish.
Rebecca Soghier, 25, was heartbroken to hear her beloved pet Benji had been killed on Phoenix Street in Sandycroft.
But in a double blow she discovered his lifeless body had been sent to a landfill site instead of being reunited with her.
Flintshire Council has expressed “its utmost regret and apologies”.
The tabby and his ginger brother Barney were both microchipped so their home could be traced in an emergency.
“The one thing I wanted to do as soon as I found out he was dead was bury him,” sobbed Mrs Soghier, of Philip Street, Sandycroft.
“I am devastated by his death and that is hard enough to deal with, but this has just made it a million times harder. My two children who are five and three are very upset and his brother Barney hasn’t stopped pining for Benji ever since.”
A woman saw 18-month-old Benji lying in the road and put his body in a box and called Flintshire Council.
A neighbour of Mrs Soghier recognised Benji and on a chance meeting told her of the sad news.
“I spent the next two hours ringing the council to ask them if it was him and could they please keep him there for me to collect and bury myself in my garden,” said Mrs Soghier.
“I finally received a call from the supervisor on duty who informed me that my kitten had been disposed of at the landfill site.
“When I asked if this was normal procedure they said no.
“Normal procedure is to scan for a microchip and contact the owner to ask what they want to do.
“I was told the person who picked up my cat was new and didn’t know the procedure.
“I am disgusted at the way they treated my pet like rubbish.
“I am understandably upset by the death of my kitten, as are my children. The fact we can’t have him home to say goodbye or even keep his collar makes it so much harder.
”The whole point of microchipping animals is for situations like this. Why do people bother if the council aren’t going to scan for them?”
A Flintshire Council spokesman said: “The normal procedure when dealing with a dead cat or dog is for every attempt to be made to locate a name, address or tag number for the animal and inform the owner.
“Unfortunately on this occasion the normal procedure has not been followed and the council would like to express its utmost regret and apologies to the owner.
“Measures will now be put in place to ensure this does not happen again.”