Kit­tens left to drown

Elms­dale broth­ers save an­i­mals af­ter some­one dumped them in a brook

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIC MCCARTHY

Elms­dale broth­ers save an­i­mals af­ter some­one dumped them in a brook

It was a short, blunt mes­sage on so­cial media, but it’s got a lot of peo­ple talk­ing: “To the per­son who threw these kit­tens in the wa­ter to­day don’t worry we save (d) most of them.”

Ian Dunn from Elms­dale posted the mes­sage Tues­day, along with a photo of six kit­tens in a bucket, while he and his broth­ers, Gary and Andy, looked for a res­cued kit­ten that got away.

Gary was ex­it­ing a field onto the War­ren Road, Ian re­lates, when he saw some­one run down the bank by the brook car­ry­ing a bucket.

He quickly got back into his car and sped away.

Gary, 31, was cu­ri­ous about what the man was do­ing and went to check, find­ing two buck­ets by the bank and baby kit­tens in the wa­ter.

“There were nine and we saved six,” said Ian.

He and Andy ar­rived on the scene soon af­ter Gary made the dis­cov­ery.

Had they been a lit­tle ear­lier, he said, they might have been able to block the blue or green­ish car that Gary said left from the bridge.

The Dunn fam­ily farms in the area and Ian and Andy were on their way to the field to join Gary when they joined the res­cue ef­fort.

Two kit­tens died at the river and another got away. Based on their size, Ian be­lieves the kit­tens came from two dif­fer­ent lit­ters.

The Face­book post with the photo of six wet kit­tens set off a wave of shock and prompted many peo­ple to mes­sage Ian of­fer­ing to adopt the kit­tens.

“Peo­ple’s been say­ing they were look­ing for kit­tens and can’t find kit­tens. All the man would have had to do was post it,” said Ian, in count­ing 31 of­fers to adopt the kit­tens.

Four of the kit­tens went to homes the day they were res­cued and Ian de­liv­ered the re­main­ing two to homes in Summerside and Char­lot­te­town Thurs­day evening.

Jeff Bar­rett, an An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer with the P.E.I. Hu­mane So­ci­ety, said staff at the shel­ter started hear­ing about Tues­day’s in­ci­dent when they ar­rived to work Thurs­day morn­ing.

“We’d re­ceived a cou­ple of com­plaints and a lot of in­for­ma­tion about it, so I felt it was likely bet­ter off as a crim­i­nal code in­ves­ti­ga­tion and I asked the RCMP to han­dle it.”

The West Prince RCMP De­tach­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the com­plaint and an of­fi­cer gath­ered up the two dead kit­tens Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

ERIC MCCARTHY/TC MEDIA

The last of six res­cued kit­tens were go­ing to be taken to new homes Thurs­day evening.

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