21 Aug 2008

Staff 'at risk' when rescuing stray cats

3:24 pm on 21 August 2008

Colleagues of a missing Christchurch woman who devoted her time to rescuing stray cats say their line of work constantly places them in danger.

A body, believed to be that of Kerry Leigh Downey, 52, was discovered in Port Hills on Wednesday.

She was last seen outside flats on Riccarton Road on Monday night, responding to a call from a resident about a stray cat.

A colleague, Wendy Sisson, says she has repeatedly told the SPCA, Christchurch City Council and Housing New Zealand of the dangers of their work.

Ms Sisson says volunteers who go to trap cats are regularly abused by residents.

A man has appeared in Christchurch District Court charged with theft of property believed to have been in the dead woman's possession and has been remanded in custody.