Mum cat and kittens found dumped on a Gloucester bench
AN eagle-eyed passerby who saw a cat and her kittens dumped outside a police station is being praised by the RSPCA.
A shivering mother cat and her two kittens were found abandoned on a bench in Berkeley Street, Gloucester, this week.
Now officers want to trace where the animals came from.
The cats had been wrapped tightly in a pink paw print blanket. They were rescued by a pedestrian, who contacted the animal charity.
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RSPCA inspector Rachel Heywood said: "The mother and kittens were left right next to the police station but no one saw who dumped them, or when.
"By the time they were found they were obviously very distressed and frightened.
"Thank goodness for the swift actions of the passer-by – who did exactly the right thing in getting them home and warm and calling us."
The cats are currently in the care of the RSPCA and recovering well. A vet's inspection showed the cats were well-cared for and all three were in good condition.
Pet rescue charities in the county have said more animals are being dumped by their owners as they find they can't afford to care for them.
Gloucester-based New Start Cat Rescue said it is full to the brim with unwanted cats and is appealing for foster carers to come forward to help out.
Teckels in Whitminster also found an unwanted cat, Mia, chained up in a cage outside its centre last week. Joan Barrett from the charity said: "It is expensive to care for these animals, costing us around £200 for dogs or cats to be micro-chipped and vaccinated."
Anyone with information about the abandoned cats should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.