Two young cats are safely back home after an ordeal which saw them being stolen and then taped into a box and dumped in the trash. They have been identified as a pair of kitties featured in online search efforts after being stolen from their worried owner.
The RSPCA was called after a young girl found two kittens left for dead in a sealed cardboard box dumped amongst bin bags in a lane outside St. Martin’s Primary School in Liskeard, Cornwall, UK last week.- the evening before the council’s trash collection day.
The two tabby kittens, both less than a year old, had been left trapped inside a large taped up cardboard box with air holes and cat food inside. Both kittens also had distinctive collars on and one kitten also appeared to have recently given birth to a litter of her own. These details allowed the RSPCA to track down the owner of the kittens where it turned out that the pair had recently been stolen.
RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor who is investigating the case said: “These beautiful, friendly kittens have been treated like disposable objects that could just be thrown away like an old tin can – it is completely unacceptable for anyone to abandon animals in this heartless way. We think that whoever did this was perhaps starting to feel the heat as the fact they had been stolen was starting to gain a lot of attention on social media and they clearly felt that, instead of doing the right thing by returning them to their rightful owner, this would be a good way to wash their hands of them.
“The kittens are extremely lucky that this kind girl found them as I do not even want to think of the unimaginable and horrific end that these young cats could have met if they had not been found in time and had just been loaded up with the rubbish.
“Thankfully these kittens already have a loving home and the worried owner is over the moon that they have now been found, albeit in somewhat awful circumstances. What has happened here though is an offense, not only of theft but also under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, under which those responsible could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to £20,000.”
The rescued kitties are now safely back home.
5 thoughts on “Stolen kittens found boxed up and put out with the trash”
I would like more info on how they were stolen and info from the owner.
this article is so confusing. how old do they think the kittens are? and where are the kittens? maybe they got rid of them because
they had kittens together.. THESE PEOPLE MUST HAVE BEEN REAL IDIOTS! at least they got back to their original home but so sorry for the kittens and the grown cats! apparently they had never been to a vet before. I would make sure that they are aware of all the wonderful things a vet can do for them. and anyway most people leave their cats outside in the UK…so at least microchip them…and spay and neuter them…! geezus!
Wish ppl wouldn’t be so nasty and judgemental – it’s like a lunch mob mentality. Perhaps being a little kinder esp to those less educated about the care cats need. I’m glad they were found and after reading all but one or two comments I felt horrified at the hate. Whatever happened to making a positive comment and a nicely worded suggestion/advice?
Nicely said Pippa.