Wigan’s Jason Kerr rescues eight-month-missing cat as Sheffield Wednesday game interrupted by pet pitch invader the day after shocking abuse by Kurt Zouma emerged

Sheffield Wednesday had a surprise guest during their game against Wigan – a cat who had been missing for EIGHT months.

The nation had been horrified by the treatment of his pet by West Ham defender Kurt Zouma. The story of what happened in Hillsborough a day after this shocking video was released was therefore welcome.

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On a day full of Cats Gate controversy, the Hillsborough visitor couldn’t have timed his more purring appearance

Barry Bannan’s first-half goal took the play-off-seeking Owls to victory over promotion hopefuls Wigan Athletic by a hair’s breadth, leaving second-placed Latics level with MK Dons.

But it wasn’t just Sheffield Wednesday’s victory over the high-flying Tics that raised eyebrows.

A cat suddenly appeared on the pitch, with Wigan substitute Jason Kerr coming to his aid.

Although the Wigan man faces the prospect of his side losing ground on automatic promotion, he has put the needs of the animal first, showing there is never an excuse not to show love and compassion for animals.

To make any already heartwarming moment even sweeter, it has now been reported that the cat – called Topsey, a she – was actually missing for EIGHT MONTHS, and was even presumed dead by the family she belonged to.


Play was halted in the 94th minute after the referee noticed the furry friend had entered the pitch as the 12th man to help his home side to victory.

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Play was halted in the 94th minute after the referee noticed the furry friend had entered the pitch as the 12th man to help his home side to victory.

The way Kerr handled the cat was a far cry from Zouma's cat astrophe, picking up the animal after a bit of coaxing and putting it back to the Wigan bench.

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The way Kerr handled the cat was a far cry from Zouma’s cat astrophe, picking up the animal after a bit of coaxing and putting it back to the Wigan bench.

As if that wasn't fond enough, the Scotsman said goodbye to his new feline friend as he entered the game.

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As if that wasn’t fond enough, the Scotsman said goodbye to his new feline friend as he entered the game.

They have since been reunited, with Wednesday confirming Topsey was taken to a nearby vet after being pulled from the field, where she “was treated for a head injury and a bite on her neck, received pain relief , antibiotics and is now eating food.” .

Topsey owner Alison Jubb told the BBC: “She disappeared last June. We were leaving and I was taking her to a cattery and she escaped from the cat box and we never heard from again.

“My daughter-in-law called me last night as they were watching the game and told me there was a cat on the football pitch. I kind of laughed about it.

Ms Jubb, who lives 2.5 miles from Hillsborough in Worrall, said she only believed it was her long-lost furry friend when vets, who had taken Topsey after her Hillsborough debut, took her called.

“It was the first time I realized it was really her,” she said.

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