Dumped in a card­board box

Taranaki Daily News - - Front Page - Bri­anna McIl­raith

Four kit­tens are re­cov­er­ing at the North Taranaki SPCA af­ter be­ing dumped in a card­board box and left for dead.

The four-week-old fe­lines were found by a mem­ber of the pub­lic near Bell Block Beach yes­ter­day in what is the sec­ond kit­ten dump­ing in the New Ply­mouth dis­trict in two weeks.

North Taranaki SPCA spokesper­son Jackie Poles Smith said last month four kit­tens were found dumped in a box on Hen­wood Rd.

‘‘This is two sets in two weeks and it’s so early in the sea­son. It’s re­ally ridicu­lous,’’ she said.

‘‘It re­ally is that they’re pa­thetic, they’re ir­re­spon­si­ble.

‘‘They re­alise once they have got these kit­tens that they’re re­ally lots of work.’’

She said who­ever dumped the kit­tens in Bell Block must have felt guilty as they had put bed­ding in the box.

‘‘They may have cared but not enough to not en­dan­ger the kit­tens’ lives.

‘‘There is ab­so­lutely no ex­cuse for dump­ing.

‘‘It’s ir­re­spon­si­ble own­er­ship and it’s cru­elty be­cause if these kit­tens aren’t found and brought into us you can imag­ine the suf­fer­ing they go through be­fore they die.’’

Poles Smith said that peo­ple who are strug­gling with pet own­er­ship should al­ways con­tact the SPCA.

She said they had the same mes­sage ev­ery year – can peo­ple please de­sex their cats.

‘‘If they’re hav­ing trou­ble do­ing that they need to con­tact us and we’ll do what­ever we can to help.’’

The kit­tens will go to a foster home where they will be raised un­til they’re eight weeks old be­fore com­ing back to the SPCA to be put up for adop­tion.

Poles Smith said there were al­ready 68 kit­tens in foster care and the SPCA needed more fam­i­lies will­ing to take on kit­tens.

‘‘It’s lit­er­ally just look af­ter them, feed them, love them, and then we take them back and we’d love to hear from peo­ple in­ter­ested in that.’’

The four Hen­wood Rd kit­tens were re­turned from foster care and put up for adop­tion at 10am yes­ter­day. They were adopted within two hours.

PHO­TOS: ANDY JACK­SON/STUFF

Four kit­tens were found near Bell Block Beach yes­ter­day. North Taranaki SPCA spokesper­son Jackie Poles Smith, be­low, says it is the sec­ond such dump­ing in the New Ply­mouth dis­trict in the last two weeks.

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