Kittens, gerbils and three-legged cat dumped on roadside
SHOCK and sadness has hit Kenilworth after a litter of tiny kittens, gerbils and a three-legged cat were all cruelly dumped along roadsides in and around the town.
A cage containing two pet gerbils was abandoned in a hedge on the roadside going out of town over the weekend.
And as well as a lost three- legged cat in poor health, RSPCA volunteers in the town are also now caring for a litter of seven-week-old kittens which were found in a box by a group of students over the weekend.
Alison Hamlin, branch chair of the Kenilworth RSPCA branch, described the older cat as being in a “bad way” after being found on the streets by a member of the public. But she said they were not sure what happened to her.
It is not clear if the animal had been purposefully dumped - although the charity has not yet heard from anyone concerned about their missing pet.
“It is just a case of finding homes for them all now as they need to be cared for,” said Alison. “The gerbils were just left on the roadside. It is very sad but people just dumped them.
“The older cat is a beautiful tortoiseshell and was found by a member of the public in a bad way. Her mobility isn’t great and she is older than most cats we find so she just needs looking after.”
She assured that the litter of kittens and the “small furries” were all doing well and being cared for in animal foster homes for the time being.
But she said although she said her and her team were “saddened” at discovering the strays, it is not uncommon as the recession hits harder for more and more families.
“The sad thing is this is not uncommon, we have seen a big increase over the past two years in the number of animals coming to us,” she explained.
“People are getting evicted and struggling with money and it all leads to actions like this, which is so sad for these helpless animals.”
She added that the fact the charity does not have a rehoming centre in Kenilworth means animals are not brought to them safely, nor do people know they can adopt pets from the town and they travel further afield.
Anyone with problems looking after a pet, or who can care for an animal which has been abandoned can contact RSPCA rehoming manager Pam Read on 07867743827, or pop into the town charity shop to chat to the volunteers about what to do next.
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