"Reckless" owners abandon kittens in sealed nappy box
"RECKLESS" owners abandoned a cat and her kittens in two sealed nappy boxes.
The mum was stuffed inside a small box while her five kittens were left in a slightly larger one on top.
They were left outside The Gables Boarding Cattery in Moreton Valence on Wednesday evening.
Julia Umney, owner of the cattery discovered the distressed cats at 6pm.
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She said: "I was absolutely appalled that someone could do that.
"I was so upset by the whole experience because the kittens were in a lot of distress being away from their mum and there was hardly any air for them to breathe.
"They were only four-weeks old and were really helpless.
"It was lucky that I discovered them because, although they were left on my doorstep, I hardly ever leave my house from that side of the house.
"It is disgraceful that someone felt they could just leave the cats without a note or anything.
"We are a boarding house but have no facilities for rescue or abandoned cats, because they need to be isolated and vaccinated."
Julie took the cats to the nearby Teckels Animal Sanctuary in Whitminster.
Owner Joan Barrett said because the cats were dumped at a private boarding house, the owners could be prosecuted for abandonment if they are found.
She said: "The whole thing is completely reckless.
"If they had dumped them with us then they would not be prosecuted by the police because we are a registered welfare centre.
"But as it is, if we can get an inkling of who may be responsible then we can inform the police because we need to stop this happening.
"Owners think once their cats have given birth to kittens that they can give up all responsibility for them and dump them with someone else.
"We need to make a point of this and show owners it is not okay and the cats are still their responsibility."
Joan added that she had received a phone call the evening before from a woman who said she wanted to get rid of her cat and five kittens.
"I didn't have any room when she phoned me but by the time the box of kittens were dumped at the cattery and made their way over to us, we had re-homed a cat and had some space open up."