An animal charity has claimed police subjected a cat to “psychological trauma” after it was seized on suspicion of being an endangered species.
The kitten, which was given the name Finlay, was suspected of being a Scottish wildcat when it was taken from an address in Conwy, North Wales.
It was feared the protected species was being kept without a licence. But after the cat was examined by experts they concluded it was a tabby.
A row has now broken out over the police’s handling of the case, with a charity describing how Finlay was left traumatised by being placed in custody.
Wildcat Haven, which is now looking after Finlay, said: “Finlay was seized and detained, in our opinion without due cause or reason by the North Wales Police.
“He was detained at an undisclosed location for four and a half months until his return on Tuesday evening this week. He left us in prime physical condition and we hoped he would have been treated with due care and respect and returned in the same condition.
“However, it is clear that Finlay has experienced serious physiological and psychological trauma at the hands of his captors.”