Rescuers Find 11 Kittens Stuffed Into Box That’s Taped Shut
Sep 10th, 2019
Wendy was walking home from work on January 11, 2019, when she noticed taped boxes by the trash and it looked suspicious. This was at the alleyway in Stratford, London and it was lined with a brick wall. She saw four suspicious looking packages, sealed tight with tape. These boxes are clearly discarded for the trash pick-up the next day.
She thought they were odd, but she kept on walking. What happened next stopped her from moving forward – she heard sounds from the boxes!
She turned around to investigate. As she got closer, the sounds become clearer. She heard cat meows! She wanted to help right away but decided to be safe. She called the best people who can help – an animal rescue group.
The rescuers arrived immediately on the scene. They decided that it is best not to open the boxes there. Instead, they poked holes in the cardboard boxes to let the cats inside breathe until they are transported. The rescuers were not sure at the moment how the cats are doing and how long have they been in those boxes. All they want is to bring the boxes into a safe and contained area.
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust were the ones who responded. They also shared on Facebook a video during the time that they opened each of the boxes. The video shows a rescuer cutting through the thick, layered tape using a knife, being extra careful not to harm and scare the animals inside.
The moment she was able to successfully open the first box, orange-colored heads emerged from the inside. The cats surely looked confused but not hostile.
When they were able to open all four boxes, the rescuers were shocked to see that they have a total of 11 beautiful cats!
They have 9 young cats and 2 older ones. None of them are feral. In fact, one of them had a collar on. They are surely underweight and had fleas but they all look beautiful and in a healthy condition. They were very calm despite what they had gone through.
The group decided to share the video on Facebook and wrote:
“We can only assume the intention was for them to die as surely everybody knows animals need to be able to breathe to survive. The boxes cannot have been there very long as without oxygen our vets estimate they probably wouldn’t have lived more than an hour or two.”
The vets also noticed that these carts are very friendly. It is evident that they have once been loved, cuddled, and handled with care. But what would drive someone to do something like this? How can they leave the cats in an unventilated box and left there to die? Rescuers think that it was probably a family member or maybe a neighbor who hated cats for them to do this.
Thankfully, the cats were rescued and they were transported to the rescue groups’ shelter. Here, they received the love, care, and attention that they deserve. The group updated the status of the cats saying that they are doing well and have recovered from the shock.
They were also treated for fleas and worms and all of them had been vaccinated. The vets also neutered and microchipped them before they were put up for adoption, hoping to find a forever home for each one of them.