Guard cat up for a national award after foiling burglary
A PET who foiled a burglary has been short-listed in a contest to crown the country's most heroic feline.
Leo is in the final three of the Hero Cat category at Cats Protection's National Awards 2012.
The three-year-old Bengal was sleeping in his basket when he was rudely awakened by an intruder breaking into his house in Milton Mount Avenue, Pound HIll, last Christmas.
But the would-be thief was sent running after an incensed Leo let out a series of ear-piercing screeches.
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Owners Sue and John Higgins only realised what had happened when they were woken at 5am by their pet's cries.
Sue said: "We were woken by the sound of Leo meowing on our bed at 5am and knew straight away something was wrong as he always sleeps downstairs.
"When we investigated we found a back window had been chiselled open. We pieced together what had happened and it was obvious Leo had saved the day.
"The burglar was clearly put off by Leo as he fled completely empty-handed. He didn't even take any of the presents which were under our Christmas tree.
"You hear of dogs doing such things but I think it's rather unusual to have a guard cat and we certainly feel safer with him around."
Should Leo win his category, he will be in with a chance of scooping the title of National Cat of the Year at the ceremony.
Sue, 66, added: "There are good contenders but I think Leo's story is strong. Unfortunately, we won't be taking Leo with us because I am too scared of him getting lost in London."
If he is victorious, Leo is sure to get some treats as a reward.
Sue said: "Leo is a fussy cat who only accepts the finest things so he is very spoilt as it is. But if he does win we will look to get him something special."
The ceremony takes place at the Savoy Hotel in London on August 16.
Organiser Kate Bunting said: "We had entries from across the country and it was a tough job to narrow them down. But Leo deserved a place in the final for his loyalty and bravery."