MEET Charlie the cat who is doing his bit for the environment – by collecting rubbish from the street.
Forget mice and birds, cheeky chappie Charlie is forever bringing in crisp packets, sweet packets and cereal bar packets and presenting them to his owner, Sharon Pitt, who lives in Hydeaway Court, Morecambe.
She said: “He brings in crisp packets, sometimes still with water in them, which pours all over my knee. I think he’s a bit short of a shilling but he’s a smashing boy.
“He does silly things you would not expect a cat to do.
“He roots in my medicine bag and rips bits out of the Argos catalogue.”
Sharon got Charlie, a black cat, when he was three months-old with his sister Jess.
The pair are now 14 months-old but only Charlie has shown street sweeping tendencies.
Sharon also has two other cats, Squeaky Boy and Misty, but they also fail to bring rubbish in from the street.
Sharon said: “Charlie should have a job with the council as nearby streets are really dirty and could do with a clean.
“I’ve seen Charlie bring back rubbish into my back garden but when I open the door he sometimes has packets in his mouth which he brings inside.
“All my neighbours think he’s wonderful though, they’ve seen him bring the rubbish back.
“The council need to clean their act up and they need to pay me for my cat. If the council were doing their job, Charlie wouldn’t be able to find the rubbish.”