Pet cats dumped
Boxes left at shelter
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