In West Lothian, Scotland, four kittens were found, abandoned and left for dead. The kittens were found in the area of Bathgate Hills in a plastic bag filled with wet and dirty towels. It was obvious that whoever dropped the kittens into the trash bin had no intention of returning.
The kittens are only a week old, eyes still closed, and way too young to be away from mom. Despite that, they are doing well with the help of rescuers. The Scottish SPCA has gone to Facebook in hopes of gaining information about who might have dumped the kittens.
“We’re appealing for information after four kittens were cruelly abandoned in a rubbish bag in Bathgate.
The kittens are now receiving round the clock care from one of our staff members, which involves them being syringe fed throughout the night. Once they are old enough we will be looking to find them loving new homes.
This was an extremely cruel act and if the kittens hadn’t been discovered they would have died.
We would urge anyone who knows who may have dumped these helpless animals to contact our helpline on 03000 999 999.”
The SPCA is very concerned about the mother of the kittens. It is possible that she may have already passed away. However, if she remained alive, she would be in extreme distress due to having her kittens taken away at such a young age.
Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence during kitten season. Unwanted kittens are born and simply tossed aside like the trash. Sometimes, even in the trash. In most cases, situations like these end tragically, with the deaths of the abandoned kittens. Fortunately, this is one story that seems like it will have a happy ending. Spaying or neutering animals will help prevent unwanted kittens or puppies.
According to Edinburgh News, abandoning animals is an illegal act in Scotland.
“Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.”
Domestic kittens are the only animals needing a helping hand. Recently, a puma was rescued from a unregulated circus in Peru. The puma lived in the back of a pickup truck for the majority of his life.
Thankfully there are good citizens willing to help out a cat in need. Would you have helped the four kittens found in the trash?
[Photos via Scottish SPCA Facebook]