Can you help the RSPCA find who abandoned these freezing kittens in a sealed bag in Weston-super-Mare?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 February 2017
Three terrified kittens were abandoned inside a bag and left to freeze to death at a Worle car park - prompting a national appeal from animal welfare charity the RSPCA.
A member of the public discovered the trembling kittens heartlessly dumped inside a zipped-up cool-bag, which had been left inside a shopping trolley close to Sainsbury’s, in Queensway, on January 27.
Sadly, one of the kittens had already died by the time they were found, but the two survivors – a black and white boy and a tortoiseshell girl – were immediately rushed to Vets4Pets in Milton Road.
Staff at the veterinary surgery then contacted the North Somerset branch of the RSPCA, which has now launched an appeal to track down the cruel person behind their ordeal.
Deputy branch manager Katy Freeman told the Mercury cases of such extreme cruelty were thankfully uncommon in North Somerset, and she added staff were horrified by the ordeal the kittens had faced.
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Staff at RSPCA North Somerset say they would have helped the owner of these kittens had they got in touch – and stressed they will always support owners who feel they are unable to meet their pet’s needs properly.
If you are in need of advice or are struggling to care for your furry friend, contact RSPCA North Somerset on 01278 782671.
Katy said: “It has happened so close by and there’s no excuse for it – it is devastating. They were cold, run-down and covered in bloody diarrhoea.
“They could have given them to a vet or an animal shelter. Why would you leave them in a shopping trolley to freeze to death?”
The kittens, which are thought to be aged between eight and 10 weeks old, are now being cared for by the RSPCA’s consulting veterinary practice, Bridge Vets in Highbridge.
Although both kittens are suffering from cat flu, it is expected they will make a full recovery and, after a spell in the RSPCA’s quarantine unit at its Brent Knoll animal centre, will hopefully be able to find loving new homes.
However, Katy said the kittens might not have been so fortunate if it wasn’t for the actions of the person who found them.
She said: “If the kind member of the public who found them hadn’t acted so quickly and taken them to Vets4Pets, then they may have all died.
“The vets went an extra mile to give them the emergency care and attention they needed. The kittens are now in the care of our consulting vet and are doing very well indeed.”
The RSPCA also said it is concerned about the welfare of the kittens’ mother, and urged anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA’s national control centre on 03001 234999 or 03001 238006, quoting the log number 803-27/1/17.