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Kittens were dumped in sealed box near rubbish bins in Orpington

PUBLISHED: 16:14 12 January 2012

One of the kittens abandoned in Orpington and seeking a kind home

One of the kittens abandoned in Orpington and seeking a kind home

RSPCA

The plaintive mew of kittens were dumped in a sealed box near bins alerted people that two young cats had been put out with the rubbish in Orpington.

The two kittens, which are thought to be five-months-old were discovered near communal rubbish bins in Wichling Close on the day that rubbish was due to be collected.

A resident was putting out rubbish and heard meowing and opened the sealed box and found the kittens and called the RSPCA but the animal welfare charity is warning that the animals only just avoided a more tragic fate, ending up covered by rubbish on a landfill site.

The discovery last week comes at the charity recorded an increase in the number of calls about abandoned animals for the fifth year running, to 28,162 in 2011.

The boy and girl kittens had been left in the box at the Orpington bins and the male cat was suffering with a leg injury.

The kittens were found on the day the rubbish was collected.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith said: “These kittens were clearly put in a sealed box and left out with the rubbish on the day it was collected in the hope that they would simply be taken away with the rubbish before they were discovered. It is unbelievably cruel and heartless and so irresponsible.”

The RSPCA is appealing for information on who dumped the kittens.

Inspector Tony Woodley commented: “Usually we see many more abandonments in the summer rather than around Christmas, and the fact that the number of abandonments last December had decreased is slightly encouraging.

“Although it is tempting to blame the economic situation, we have no real idea of why the number of abandonments is increasing overall, but it is so frustrating to think that the messages about caring for animals just aren’t getting through to some people.”

Inspector Woodley continued: “People might think they are doing the right thing, leaving their pets where they think they will be found, or they may feel they have no other option.

“Whatever the reason, owners have a legal responsibility to seek help for their animal and if this means making a bit of effort to find a good new home, or just waiting a few days until someone can take the animal in, this is what they must do.”

Anyone abandoning animals in this way can face up to six months in prison and fine of up to £20,000.

The male cat has been treated for his injury and is now recovered and both he and the female are ready to go to loving new homes.

The kittens are being cared for at the RSPCA South Godstone animal centre, Eastbourne Road, South Godstone, Surrey, telephone 03001230741.

Anyone with information on who dumped the kittens is asked to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 03001234999.

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