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VIDEO: Kittens dumped in crisp box in Poole woodland
TWO kittens were found dumped in a sealed cardboard box in a secluded woodland area in Poole.
The little ginger cats, believed to be around eight to 10 weeks old, were discovered by a woman walking through a quiet tree-lined patch near to Dale Road, Oakdale, on Monday afternoon.
Abandoned in a crisp packet box, punched with a few air holes and sealed with sticky tape so that they could not escape, the kittens were found with just a brown blanket to save them from the elements.
Inspector Jo Storey from the RSPCA said the issue of people dumping animals was an increasing problem.
She said: “I am always surprised at people dumping kittens because they are still so little. It seems to be the place, in a forest or somewhere similar, that people more commonly dump animals. They do so where they think they will not be seen.
“What is really frustrating for us is that the RSPCA centre is for the animals that are sick, perhaps have been rescued by us, and so there is not the space to take other animals in.
“But there are other places people can go, to the Cats’ Protection, or to some of the dog rescue homes, and they may be able to help. Many people just ring up and want us to take it now, whereas we are maybe able to have it in a week’s time, but they don’t want to wait.”
Jo said both of the kittens were found in a reasonable condition, and are now being looked after by the staff at our Ashley Heath Animal Centre.
“To just dump an animal is criminal really. It’s stressful, and the kittens wouldn’t have known where they were, and definitely wouldn’t have been able to look after themselves.
“It is an offence to leave animals in a state where their needs can’t be met, so if I find out who has done this, I would certainly be looking to interview them,” she said Anyone with information on the circumstances of the kittens, or any information on their owners, should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
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