Doorstep dump­ing


Comment News (Gosnells) - - Comment - Ben Smith

A SOUTH­ERN River an­i­mal shel­ter is mak­ing a des­per­ate ap­peal for help af­ter 15 cats crammed into just two car­ri­ers were dumped on its doorstep.

Vol­un­teers at the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety of WA (APSWA) dis­cov­ered the cats crammed into the car­ri­ers, which nor­mally would be suit­able for just one cat, on Tues­day morn­ing.

One cat is heav­ily preg­nant and vol­un­teers sus­pect another is also preg­nant.

APSWA pres­i­dent Me­lanie Jack­son said the cats were cov­ered in fae­ces and urine and ter­ri­fied by the or­deal.

“Any­one who goes any­where near the car­ri­ers is close to be­ing vi­o­lently ill. It’s the worst thing you’ve ever smelled and we don’t know how long the cats have been in there,” she said.

“We’ve got two vet nurses; they worked all day on those 15 cats and had to bathe them.

“The cats were cov­ered in fae­ces and you could tell they were ter­ri­fied and un­com­fort­able.

“A cou­ple are re­ally skinny, suf­fer­ing from hair loss and in re­ally poor con­di­tion.”

Ms Jack­son said they had to quar­an­tine the new cats inside their of­fice as they did not have any other room for them.

“We can’t put them with other cats be­cause it be­comes a prob­lem if there’s ill­ness. We have to get them vet-checked, vac­ci­nated, wormed, mi­crochipped, de-flead, ster­ilised, FIV-tested,” she said.

Ms Jack­son said they were des­per­ately seek­ing do­na­tions to make sure the cats got the right med­i­cal treat­ment.

“We’ve got 15, but two are preg­nant; that’s 15-30 cats very easily. If you work on maths of $300 a cat to get all the vet stuff done, that comes to $9000,” she said.

APSWA’s Face­book page will be post­ing reg­u­lar up­dates on the cats, which Ms Jack­son has dubbed ‘The Spice Cats’.

“They’re go­ing to have names like Saf­fron, Cin­na­mon, Pep­per and Turmeric if peo­ple want to fol­low their progress,” she said.

Peo­ple can do­nate via the shel­ter’s Face­book page or by visit­ing or its premises on Tal­bot Road.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d483262

An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety of WA vol­un­teer Robyn Thoman. In­set: The cats in the car­rier.

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