Kittens left to suffocate in binbag now recovering at animal centre
KITTENS sealed in a box, wrapped in a binbag and left to suffocate and a cat dumped in a wheelie bin have been rescued in Shepton Mallet.
The six-week-old kittens and their mother were found in the box by dog walkers. They are now being cared for at Happy Landings and staff say they are "now doing well".
Lyn Southway of Happy Landings said: "They were in a cardboard box and tied in a binbag so even the mum couldn't get out. They were left to die and one of the kittens did.
"They weren't feral cats, someone had taken the time to socialise them as they were already litter trained. That's what I can't get my head around really. It's just wrong."
Shepton Mallet Vets are caring for a young tortoiseshell and white cat found in a wheelie bin on the Tadley Acres estate, who is estimated to be about nine or ten months old.
"She definitely wasn't a feral cat, or a stray one," said student veterinary nurse Laura Pickford. "She was obviously very frightened when she was bought to us, but she is quite friendly, so we are sure that she was just dumped in the bin."
She said the kitten had lost much of her fur to a flea allergy and was still receiving treatment at the vets.
"When she is better, she will be going to either Happy Landings or Cats Protection for re-homing, whichever has room for her first," she said.
Cats Protection said this week had been "the worst week for kitten problems" in several years.
Calls for help have come from a variety of situations, one of the worst being the case of five kittens aged two or three weeks old dumped in a cardboard box in Glastonbury.
In another incident, four-week-old kittens were discovered running around the car park at Stockhill, near Priddy, last Thursday.
Concerned visitors to the woods caught some of the kittens, who are now all doing well after receiving lots of care at Happy Landings. Cats Protection said it wasn't known how many kittens were there and some would have run scared into the undergrowth in the woods and died of cold and hunger.
The rescued kittens are all domesticated and litter trained so were not born in the woods to a feral mother, making the most likely scenario that they were dumped there.
A spokeswoman for Cats Protection said: "We in animal rescue struggle to understand how anyone could have cared for these kittens for several weeks and then abandoned them in an isolated woodland where, let's face it, the chances of them being found were pretty remote. Those kittens were very, very lucky.
"It is particularly disappointing to hear of all these unwanted kittens when Cats Protection works so hard to encourage pet owners to neuter their pets.
"For several years now we have run two neutering campaigns in spring and autumn offering to neuter and microchip cats for just £15 per cat.
"For the rest of the year we can still offer vouchers towards the cost of neutering. It just takes one phone call to apply for this help. How hard is that?"