An alert dog walker is responsible for saving a mother cat and her eight kittens left inside a zipped-up suitcase on a disused railway line. The RSPCA is investigating, according to a report by ITV.com.
The mother cat, Tarini, and her five week-old kittens were in a navy blue case dumped in a remote spot in Halstead, Essex. “It was pure chance that this woman happened to find these little kittens and their mum,” explained Donna Smith, animal collection officer for the RSPCA. “She was walking along the disused rail track when she wandered past a dumped suitcase, not thinking anything of it until her dog stopped and started sniffing it.”
“She took a closer look and heard tiny meows coming from the case, so opened the zip a tiny bit – and was shocked to discover nine pairs of eyes peering back. The mother cat and eight kittens had been just zipped up in the case and discarded. Who knows how long they had been there? It must have been terrifying for them. It would not have ended well had this kindly woman not come to their rescue,” she added. “I have no doubt they would have suffered for days.”
The kittens have all been named after characters from Disney film The Aristocats – Toulouse, Tiny Tim, Scat Cat, Berloiz, Alli, Duchess , Marie, and Eve. RSPCA welfare officers say they hope the animals will soon be available for adoption.