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Lone Survivor From Kittens Taped Into Bucket Recovers In Preparation For Foster Care

Animal control workers brought a sad discovery to the Dove Lewis Animal Hospital on Friday.  A bucket taped shut with a litter of five kittens in it was found at an intersection in the Portland, OR suburb of Gresham. Only one of the kittens survived. In the aftermath of the tragic end for the others, veterinary staffers are doing their best to help the lone little survivor recover and thrive.


The 6-8 week old kitten left in the 5 lb. bucket along with his four littermates is doing well after being treated at DoveLewis for an upper respiratory infection and fleas.

He has a good appetite, is doing very well in light of his terrible ordeal, and is expected to make a full recovery.


After he is fully treated and cleared, the kitten will go into foster care.  Once he is big enough, at three pounds, he will be made available for adoption through the  Multnomah County Animal Services shelter. Considering the sad end his littermates faced, it is extra important that this kitten goes on to have the best possible life.

Veterinary staffers say the surviving kitten is amazingly full of life and love.

Multnomah County Animal Services is investigating the case and asks that anyone with information contact them. Animal services and veterinary employees feel that the outcome of the incident for most of the kittens, at least, was intentional.

Below is a video report on the case.

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    Pam Peltier Dickinson

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        August 1, 2012 11:38 pmPosted 3 years ago
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    August 1, 2012 7:46 amPosted 3 years ago

    Makes me sick….how terrible for that kitten to watch all it’s siblings die.

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    August 1, 2012 10:27 amPosted 3 years ago

    I hope that this little kitten does get the best home ever. Hang in there little baby the good life is around the corner for you.

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    August 2, 2012 3:29 amPosted 3 years ago

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    August 4, 2012 1:53 amPosted 3 years ago

    With all the video cameras everywhere, can’t they catch some of these people who do these things? You are loved little kitten!


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