Dumped and left to die

PUBLISHED: 06:53 23 November 2010

RSPCA animal care assistant Kayley Phillips and kennel supervisor Andy Cook, pictured with rescued kittens Tom Thumb, Tiny Tim and Thumbelina.

RSPCA animal care assistant Kayley Phillips and kennel supervisor Andy Cook, pictured with rescued kittens Tom Thumb, Tiny Tim and Thumbelina.

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THESE three kittens are almost a manifestation of innocence and vulnerability - but they're lucky to be alive.

That’s because the defenceless animals were dumped like rubbish, wrapped up in a binbag and dropped in a dustbin by their owner.

And this has led to an urgent call for information by animal welfare experts, who are desperate for their owner to be caught and punished.

The kittens, just six weeks old, were found on Wednesday dumped in the Moor Lane area of Worle.

They were immediately taken to nearby Green Pastures Veterinary Practice, where staff found the young cats – despite being very hungry and thirsty – had been rescued in time to prevent serious harm.

The three have since been handed over to the RSPCA rescue centre at Brent Knoll, where they have been nicknamed Tom Thumb, Tiny Tim and Thumbelina.

Centre manager Nikki Tutton is now hoping to find homes for the new arrivals – the latest in a glut of kittens rescued by the charity.

She said: “Yet again, it has been a year of too many kittens being born and not enough homes.

“With a waiting list of over 50 cats needing help, the RSPCA and all other animal rescue charities are struggling with the pressure of finding space for all those in need.

“There is absolutely no need for a female cat to have kittens any more. Cats Protection is very proactive in welfare neutering, as is the RSPCA.

“Pet owners really need to become more responsible in their decision before taking on a new animal.”

Any information about the kittens – or inquiries from people interested in offering a home to a rescued animal – should be directed to 01278 782671.

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