Pet cats dumped

Boxes left at shel­ter

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Linzi Wat­son

Te r r i f i e d c a t s w e r e taped- up in card­board boxes and lef t out­side a Dum­bar t o n a n i mal shel­ter in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Scot­tish SPCA staff at Mil­ton found the an­i­mals at the front gates as they opened up the Mi l t o n c e nt r e o n Mon­day morn­ing.

There were five cats in­side three boxes but there are fears some may have es­caped be­fore res­cue work­ers ar­rived.

Clumps of fur can be seen stuck to the tape, in­di­cat­ing cats may have squeezed through the gaps.

The SSPCA is now ap­peal­ing f or l ocal peo­ple t o f i nd t he mi s s i n g c a t s – whi c h i t i s thought may be wear­ing blue col­lars. They also want to trace the own­ers.

Cen­tre Man­ager Joe Mc­Dade said: “To dump any an­i­mal in this way is ex­tremely cruel and they would have been ex­posed to a po­ten­tial dog or fox at­tack.

“We’re ap­peal­ing to any­one in the area with in­for­ma­tion as to who may have owned th­ese cats to con­tact us.”

Tem­per­a­tures plum­meted to near f reez­ing on Mon­day morn­ing.

The SSPCA is now ap­peal­ing f or l ocal peo­ple t o f i nd t he mi s s i n g c a t s – whi c h i t i s thought may be wear­ing blue col­lars.

Joe added: “All of the cats were wear­ing blue flea col­lars so it is likely that the miss­ing ones are too.

“We’ll con­tinue to look after t hese cats un­til we can f i nd them the home they de­serve.

“Aban­don­ing and caus­ing un­nec­es­sary suf­fer­ing of an­i­mals i s an of­fence un­der the An­i­mal Health and Wel­fare (Scot­land) Act 2006 and any­one found guilty of do­ing s o can ex­pect t o be banned from keep­ing an­i­mals for a fixed pe­riod or life.”

Any­one with i nfor­ma­tion is be­ing urged to con­tact the Scot­tish SPCA an­i­mal helpline on 03000 999 999.

To dump any an­i­mal in this way is ex­tremely cruel

Scared The cats were left out­side

Boxed up It’s be­lieved some of the cats may have es­caped

Cruel Char­ity bosses have con­demned the ac­tions

Dumped Five cats were left in boxes out­side Mil­ton SSPCA

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