Family adopts four of the kittens rescued from a brook last week in Elmsdale.
Heidi Chaisson really wasn’t looking for a kitten to adopt; she already had four.
The St. Louis woman and her 12-year-old son, Lucas, just went along for the ride when her daughter, Brittany Betts of Miminegash, went to the Dunn family farm in Elmsdale last week to adopt kittens the Dunn brothers had just rescued from a brook.
Betts took two of the kittens and the Chaissons gathered up two more. Lucas chose a grey one and Chaisson chose an orange one that didn’t look to be doing so well.
“As soon as I picked it up, it cuddled right in,” Chaisson said.
Nine kittens had been dumped into a brook along a quiet one-lane dirt road in Elmsdale last Tuesday. Gary Dunn observed someone carrying two buckets down to the brook and then rushing away. He went to investigate and discovered nine kittens in the water, He and his brothers rescued them. Six survived.
“They’re all doing fine,” Chaisson reported on the four she, her son and her daughter adopted. Chaisson and her son named their new kittens Skid and Skittles.
“They’re well looked after,” she reported. They sleep with Lucas.
Reports about the attempted drowning and the subsequent rescue have generated much discussion and outrage, Chaisson acknowledged.
“It is a horrible thing,” she said. “He could have just put it on Facebook (that he had kittens to give away).”
Chaisson, who works at a coffee shop, said there was even a woman in this week looking for a kitten. “They’re hard to find.” Const. Greg Thomas with the West Prince RCMP said a necropsy has been performed on two kittens that didn’t survive. Results are not yet known. A ninth kitten escaped during the rescue and hasn’t been recovered.
Thomas said witnesses have been interviewed in connection with the ongoing investigation.
Nine kittens were dumped into a brook along a dirt road in Elmsdale last week. Six survived the ordeal.