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Friday, June 27, 2014
These kittens look as though they haven’t got a care in the world as they snuggle up with their new owners.
But the future could have been very different for this cute pair after they were sealed in to a box with sticky tape and abandoned in a skip in Richmond Road, Lowestoft.
The young animals were facing a horrible death when their cries were heard by Sally Banks as she walked by on her way to work.
Sally decided to keep one of the kittens, a female she has called Opal.
Her sister Hayley Banks has taken on the other kitten, a male she has named Kitty.
Hayley said: “My sister heard all of these weird noises as she was walking down the street and she ignored it at first.
“Then she saw this paw coming out of a box.
“She got it out of the skip and when she turned it over she saw it was Sellotaped shut.
“She took it back to her car and saw there were two kittens trapped in this box.”
The sisters, who both live in Wheatfield Road, Lowestoft, gave the kittens some food and have taken them to the vet to be treated for worms, fleas and sore eyes.
The kittens are thought to be about seven or eight weeks old.
They were found at about 7.10pm on Friday, June 13.
Hayley said: “If my sister didn’t have to work that evening and hadn’t walked past the skip they most certainly would have died.
“It is awful what some people do.
“I think there are so many places they could have taken them.
“There was no need for them to be dumped.
“There are even sites on Facebook for re-homing. Everyone has social media these days. They could have advertised them for sale.”
RSPCA spokesman Katya Mira said: “If these kitten hadn’t been found they would have died in a really horrible way.
“They could have very nearly ended up on a rubbish heap and no one would have known.
“Leaving an animal like that to suffer and die is something we take very seriously.
“It is a legal requirement for people who have a responsibility for an animal to care for their needs and keep them safe from harm.
“Leaving the kittens in this way is a criminal offence.
“If people do come across anything like that, I would urge them to report it to us in case we can track down who has done it and make sure they don’t do it again.”
She added that the RSPCA would help where it could and would always give advice but sometimes the re-homing centres were full and it was not always possible to take more animals on.
nTo report cruelty, an injured stray or distressed wildlife, or to report a lost pet, contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.