A Good Samaritan, witnessing a group of individuals tossing week-old kittens into the air, stepped up and intervened, convincing the evil-doers to stop and give up one of the kittens. Rushed to the The SPCA in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, the kitten was taken in and animal protection officers were dispatched immediately to retrieve the other four.
On their Facebook page, the organization posted the following:
Just this last week our staff found themselves in a critical situation involving a litter of one week old kittens. A member of the public had spotted a group of individuals throwing each of the kittens 2-3 feet in the air. This alone can cause great bodily harm to these young fragile bodies. The public member was able to convince the group to give them one of the 5 kittens. Which they then rushed it into our care. Luckily we had a mother who recently gave birth to a small litter of kittens, and she was more than happy to take on this kitten as her own. With one kitten saved, it was a race for our Animals Protection Officers to hunt down the remaining kittens and ensure their survival. Later in the day one more kitten was brought in, and our search continued for the last 3. Late into the evening two of the remaining three kittens were found. After they were lit on fire. These two singed and cold kittens were brought into the shelter and the mother again accepted the remaining kittens. We slowly helped the mom warm up the last two kittens and were able to start syringe feeding them. After a bit of time and a lot of TLC, these kittens are now thriving with their new adoptive mom. The last kitten was found later by a member of the public and taken to another rescue. Without the leads and help of the public we would have not been able to save these precious babies.
They have since updated information on the kittens with this post:
Just wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone who has helped get the word out about our rescued kittens. These babies are doing quite well, and have very full bellies. As you may see Bernie is struggling a bit with an eye infection, but he has started treatment and is on the mend. #rescuecatsofinstagram #dontshopadopt #catsofinstagram #survivors
The organization is has an on-going investigation in progress, but finding it difficult to identify those who were involved, but they are looking and hoping for more leads. While these kinds of cases can be very hard to prosecute, they will continue to search for the culprits.
In the meantime, the brave act of the witness in not only saving a kitten but alerting the authorities, is nothing short of heroic.
Follow the kittens and the good work of the Price Albert SPCA on their Facebook page.