Appeal after kitten and rabbit found dumped near busy main road

Darlington and Stockton Times: The eight-week-old kitten found dumped at the side of the road The eight-week-old kitten found dumped at the side of the road

AN appeal has been launched to track down the owner of a rabbit and a kitten that were dumped by the side of a busy main road.

The animals were found inside two boxes that were stacked on top of each other in a lay-by on the A66 near Sadberge, near Darlington.

The white boxes were found at about 2.40pm on Friday, February 8 and were sealed with white tape with the words ‘Britannia International’ printed on the side. One also had the word ‘kitchen’ handwritten on it.

RSPCA inspector Emma Stainthorpe said: “I opened the first box to find a small black and white female rabbit. She was thin but otherwise in good bodily condition.

“The second box contained a female Tortoiseshell coloured kitten, aged around eight weeks old. She was thin and inundated with fleas and ear mites and very distressed.”

Both animals were taken to a local vets and are now in the care of the RSPCA.

Insp Stainthorpe said: “It wasn’t obvious what was in these boxes. They were sealed shut and the animals couldn’t have escaped.

“It was cold and raining and they had no food, water or bedding. It’s extremely lucky they were found when they were or they would have died there, plain and simple.

“Whoever dumped these animals had a rabbit and a kitten just a few days ago. We’re urging anyone who knows who that person is to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300-123-4999 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Stainthorpe.

The appeal comes just days after a 15-week-old Lurcher puppy was found dead inside a bag on the edge of the pond at Brinkburn Nature Reserve, while another was found in Quaker Lane in such an emaciated state it had to be put down by a vet.

The puppy found in the lake could have been dumped several hours before it was found at about 4pm on Monday, February 11 so anyone who saw anybody with a large holdall acting suspiciously in the area at that time is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300-123-4999 and ask for Inspector Lucy Hoehne.

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5:37pm Sat 16 Feb 13

hemmi1 says...

makes me wonder who are the animals ? in the last year we have taken in 3 cats just dumped in the village not able to look after themselves
makes me wonder who are the animals ? in the last year we have taken in 3 cats just dumped in the village not able to look after themselves hemmi1

1:32pm Sun 17 Feb 13

thewench says...

Dunno how anyone can do such things to these animals, if they cant look after them then they shouldnt get them. Poor little rabbir can join my rabbits :)
Dunno how anyone can do such things to these animals, if they cant look after them then they shouldnt get them. Poor little rabbir can join my rabbits :) thewench

1:34pm Sun 17 Feb 13

thewench says...

How can anyone do that do a defenseless animal, if they cant look after them then they shouldnt get them, That poor little rabbit can come and join my little bunnies, it will have a lovely home lol
How can anyone do that do a defenseless animal, if they cant look after them then they shouldnt get them, That poor little rabbit can come and join my little bunnies, it will have a lovely home lol thewench

12:47am Mon 18 Feb 13

cavygirl says...

I hate it when people dump animals, why can't they hand them in to a vets or rescue centre? There's no excuse for dumping them in sealed boxes. Poor rabbit and cat. Having rabbits myself it breaks my heart that people don't think.
I hate it when people dump animals, why can't they hand them in to a vets or rescue centre? There's no excuse for dumping them in sealed boxes. Poor rabbit and cat. Having rabbits myself it breaks my heart that people don't think. cavygirl

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