Disgust As Kittens Found Dumped In Rubbish Bin - Both Are Rescued
Source: Gazette Live, North Yorkshire, UK
An investigation has been launched after two kittens were dumped in a Middlesbrough bin.
A council worker found the kittens in a bin in Park Vale Road, on the edge of Albert Park, on Tuesday. Two more cats, one of which had a wound, were also found nearby.
"To dump any animal is awful, but to abandon vulnerable and defenceless kittens is abhorrent," said RSPCA inspector Clare Wilson.
"To leave them in a bin, where they could have met an unthinkable fate, is truly shocking."
"It is illegal to abandon any animal and these cats were very lucky to be found quickly and taken to safety."
Inspector Wilson added: "A council worker went to put some rubbish in the bin when he found two tiny kittens, one still inside the bin and one who had climbed onto the rim of the bin."
"When he picked the kittens up, two other cats appeared from the area behind the bin."
"They were very friendly so he confined them in his van and took them to an office in the park."
"The cats seem to know each other and we believe they have been dumped at the location."
"One of the older cats has a wound behind her ear and the babies have worms but, apart from that, seem to be in fairly good health. None of them were wearing collars or are microchipped."
The cats include a six-week-old black long-hair female kitten, a six-week-old grey tabby male kitten, a 15-week-old black and white female cat, and a young, adult tabby cat who is an entire male.
The felines have now been taken in by Cat and Kitten Rescue, a local not-for-profit group who rescue and rehome cats in Teesside.
The kittens will be fostered until they are old enough to be rehomed.
But inspector Wilson fears that the heartless act could have had a tragic outcome if they hadn't been found.
She added: "The bin is next to a steep bank stretching down to a stream and beside a busy road, and the bin is deep and was covered so these tiny kittens - who are too young to be away from their mother - could easily have come to harm."
"If this worker hadn't spotted these young kittens, then they could have ended up being accidentally crushed to death in a bin lorry or being mistakenly taken to a refuse site."
"I'd like to hear from anyone who may recognise these cats or know who their owner was."
Anyone with any information that could help the investigation should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300-123-8018.