Kittens thrown out like garbage

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Sealed in a small cardboard box, four kittens were found left for dead in a dumpster behind a local business on Friday morning.

Sealed in a small cardboard box, four kittens were found left for dead in a dumpster behind a local business on Friday morning.

“They were just thrown away like garbage,” Prince Albert SPCA assistant manager Leanne Roberts said.

Lucky for the orange, grey and white newborns, they were discovered before it was too late.

“He heard some meowing from inside (the dumpster), and this is what he found,” Roberts said, motioning to the four bundles of fluff with their eyes newly opened, meowing for attention in the SPCA’s cat room.

“Right now they’re in good condition,” Roberts said. “They haven’t been away from their mom for too long. We did try to feed them when they first came in, but they weren’t too terribly interested in eating, but they’re getting interested now.”

Estimating the kittens to be between 10 days and two weeks old, their age brings unique challenges, Roberts said -- challenges that can be more easily overcome if the kittens’ mother is located.

A cat trap has been set up by the dumpster the kittens were found inside of, but if this endeavour doesn’t produce momma cat, foster homes have already been lined up for the youngsters.

Within an hour of posting pictures of the kittens on the SPCA Facebook page, enough local animal stewards had expressed interest in helping that they’re sure to be taken care of, Roberts said.

It’s like having a newborn baby. They can do absolutely nothing on their own. You have to do everything for them. Prince Albert SPCA assistant manager Leanne Roberts

Things won’t be easy for the foster families, Roberts noted.

“Kittens are much harder to keep viable … than puppies are,” she explained. “They’re a lot more sensitive, so it’ll be a lot of work for the foster homes -- feeding them every two hours.

“It’s like having a newborn baby. They can do absolutely nothing on their own. You have to do everything for them.

“If they can make it over the next week or so, their odds of surviving increase significantly.”

What makes Friday’s discovery even more upsetting is that it’s not an uncommon occurrence at this time of year, Roberts said, noting that the SPCA’s key message, reiterated time and time again, still isn’t being heeded by all pet owners.

“We wouldn’t be in this situation if pet owners were responsible and spayed or neutered their pets,” she said.

“It’s a good thing that the business was open. Had this been a Saturday night or something, it would have been a box of dead kittens.”

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    May 05, 2013 - 16:16

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