Tiny two day old kittens dumped in wheelie bin (Image: RSPCA)
A litter of helpless two-day kittens were left to freeze inside an Iceland carrier bag hurled into an industrial bin last weekend. The shocking incident comes days after a tabby and white cat was rammed into a rucksack and then abandoned in a wheelie bin. Such heartless disposals are heaping huge pressures on the RSPCA as it faces a Christmas onslaught of cruelty and neglect aimed at cats and kittens.
As the RSPCA braces itself to top last year’s record of rescuing more than 2,500 cats over the festive period, shocking reports of the depths some owners stoop to get rid of unwanted animals have emerged this week.
The four kittens were only found by chance after they had been put into an Iceland shopping bag with a dirty towel and left in the factory bin in Handsworth, Birmingham. A woman going to work heard their pitiful cries and alerted the RSPCA.
Animal collection officer Vic Hurr rushed the kittens to the RSPCA’s Newbrook Animal Hospital in Birmingham for emergency treatment, but fears it is still touch and go whether they survive. The kittens are being hand-reared but not taking as much milk as rescue staff would like.
ACO Hurr said today: “The kittens were obviously put in a plastic bag and thrown in the bin on purpose by some callous person and were left to either freeze or starve to death.
Newborn kittens left to freeze inside wheelie bin (Image: RSPCA)
"It is just lucky that the lady heard them crying and cared enough to investigate and so found them still alive.
"They were very cold when she took them from the bin and they were covered in flea dirt. It was a bitterly cold morning and there was frost on the ground so they could have easily perished.
ACO Hurr added: “The caring lady then took them to a family member’s home nearby and they did a wonderful job of warming the poor kittens up until I arrived.
"They had them covered in blankets in front of the heating.”
Lucky to be alive. Cat put into rucksack and dumped in wheelie bin (Image: RSPCA)
Cat rescued from wheelie bin gets treatment (Image: RSPCA)
The RSPCA collection officer is calling for help to track down the person who threw the kittens away, an appeal echoed by colleagues in Cardiff where the black and tabby cat was only found by luck as it also languished in a wheelie bin.
An owner looking for their own pet chanced upon the cat when she heard its cries and immediately contacted the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Selina Griffiths said: “The caller had been looking for their own cat when they discovered this poor cat had been dumped in a wheelie bin inside a rucksack.
“Miaowing had been heard from the bin and that’s when they found the cat inside the bag which was zipped up. The bag was sodden and smelt of urine.
Cat was put into the rucksack, zipped up and then thrown in wheeliebin (Image: RSPCA)
“We’d very much like to thank the caller for alerting us to this and all they did to help this poor defenceless cat who was just dumped like rubbish.
"He must have been so frightened in the bag, left in the dark on his own.”
Last Christmas, the RSPCA took in 5,429 animals, almost half of which were cats. Over the December period the charity rescued 2,563 cats, while also investigating a total of 9,725 complaints. Of these, 1,748 were about abandonments and 6,772 about neglect, with 2,130 relating to cats.
Anyone with information about the latest bin dumping incidents is urged to call the RSPCA’s confidential appeals line on 0300 1123 8018 .