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11 young cats are safe after they were found in an alley in sealed boxes

Eleven young cats are safe after a lady returning from work in the UK noticed several sealed boxes in an alley in Stratford and knew something was wrong. As she walked toward the boxes she heard meowing and contacted Celia Hammond Animal Trust and asked for help.

photo courtesy Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Facebook: Celia Hammond Animal Trust told the story of the dumped cats January 16 on their community page

Dumped in the night….

We were called out the night of 11th January by a lady returning from work who had noticed several sealed cardboard boxes in an alley in Stratford, near a busy road. She walked past the alley and then went back as she thought she heard miaowing – thank goodness she did, as the boxes were completely sealed shut with masses of parcel tape and the 11 young cats inside would have suffocated if we hadn’t raced straight out to collect them, as there were no air holes in the boxes. We didn’t know their temperaments so didn’t dare open the boxes and risk them flying out into the road, so made a few tiny holes to let air in but not big enough to allow them to rip at the cardboard and escape. Fortunately, it only took a few minutes to drive back to the clinic. The risk of cutting the cats would have made it too dangerous to use scissors to open the boxes, so we used a butter knife to get the cats out as quickly as possible.

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. One really strange thing is that these cats are really friendly and have clearly once been loved, handled and cuddled – what on earth would drive an apparently loving owner to do something so terrible? Perhaps it was a family member or neighbour who hated the cats enough to do this.

The cats were covered in fleas and extremely underweight. They were treated by the Trust veterinarian and will be available for adoption once they’re healthy. All will need to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped and the Trust can use help with the funding.

You can donate via their donate button or via their Amazon Wish List.

The trust sent out a plea hoping the person who left the cats reads their Facebook post and are asked to please email Celia Hammond Animal Trust on canningtown@celiahammond.org or call 020 7474 8811 so the Trust can collect any other cats they may have and don’t want. There were no clues on the boxes to indicate an address.

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Elisa Black-Taylor

Elisa is an experienced cat caretaker and rescuer. She lives in the US. As well as being a professional photographer, Elisa has been a regular contributor to PoC for nine years. See her Facebook page.

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  • They are so damn lucky to even have been found and still alive!! I hope whoever did this dies a most horrific and painful death possible!!

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