A CAT has used one of his nine lives – by coming back from the dead and travelling 13 miles.
Ayesha Marston was devastated when Bruiser went missing last month, and was then told by South Tyneside Council that his body had been picked up in the street.
But incredibly, Ayesha, from Boldon Colliery, received a call last week to say Bruiser was alive and well – in Seaham.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said the 23-year-old office manager. “I was just coming to terms with his death, then I received the call.
“An older couple had been feeding him for a few days and they’d spotted his name tag which had my number on.
“When they said they lived in Seaham, I was shocked, I’ve got no idea how he ended up there.”
The three–year–old went missing on March 14. The following day Ayesha rang local vets and notified the microchip company where Bruiser was registered.
However, on March 20 a vet rang to say a cat’s body, fitting Bruiser’s description, had been removed from Dean Road, South Shields, by South Tyneside Council.
Ayesha got in contact with the local authority right away but had to wait until March 26 before she was told her cat had died.
She said: “It was frustrating they kept saying they’d call me back but they never did.
“In the end I finally spoke to someone and they said it was Bruiser, as the dead cat had the same blue collar and bell, I was devastated. But I’m not going to be angry or upset about that now, I’m just so glad he is back home.”
It’s not the first time the moggie has caused problems for his owner.
In September 2011, he cost Ayesha £2,000 when he needed his face reconstructing, after he went missing and turned up with a broken jaw and teeth.
She said: “I don’t want to let him back outside again, but I’ll have to at some point because he hates being kept in.
“We’ve been calling him Lazarus – since he came back from the dead.”
A spokesman from South Tyneside Council said: “We are pleased to hear the cat has returned to its owner safe and sound. It’s always great when a story like this has a happy ending.”