South of Auckland it is not uncommon to find kittens dumped in plastic bags

What is the world coming to when it is commonplace in a country to find kittens dumped inside plastic bags? We know that there is a campaign against the domestic cat in New Zealand but when I read about this sort of animal cruelty it is upsetting and an unpleasant development.

Sister kittens dumped in plastic bag in New Zealand
Sister kittens dumped in a plastic bag in New Zealand south of Auckland.
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In this instance, a couple of kittens, both 5 to 6 weeks of age, were found by local residents after they saw a “moving plastic bag” in some bushes. They contacted Melanie Marshall who runs a local rescue organisation, Franklin Cat Rescue. This happened in a district called Puni to the south of Auckland which is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island.

Marshall said that they are sisters and that they would have undoubtedly died if they had not been found. They were underweight and traumatised. Marshall said that they felt like fur and bones. They were riddled with fleas and parasites and had the ubiquitous conjunctivitis. So often, we see abandoned kittens with terrible eye diseases.

Marshall - great work
Founder of Franklin Cat Rescue Melanie Marshall. Photo: BRIAR HUBBARD/STUFF.

The kittens are making a recovery thanks to the care and attention of Marshall’s rescue organisation. However, she is concerned that there may be other kittens from the same litter who may also have been abandoned.

She expresses the thoughts of the majority of people when she said:

“I can’t understand how someone thought it would be okay to tie them in a plastic bag and dumped them rather than take them to a rescue or a vet.”

She said that this isn’t the first time she’s seen animals dumped in this way i.e. in a plastic bag tied up. Working at her rescue she has seen horrific cruelty against cats and kittens. There have been numerous instances of cats and kittens being tied up or in boxes and left in remote places. She is concerned about the high number of cat cruelty cases and a complete disregard for life.

Marshall is clearly distraught at the callousness of some people in New Zealand. She said in relation to the proliferation of unwanted kittens:

“There’s no regard for where they’re going, or care if they are well looked after for the next 15-plus years. These are sentient, living, breathing creatures not last season’s fashion accessories or outgrown kids’ toys.”

The kittens recovering
The kittens recovering. Photo: FRANKLIN CAT RESCUE.

As you can see in the photograph, the kittens are doing well and they will spend some time in foster care where they will be able fully regain their health, be microchipped, vaccinated, spayed and then re-homed hopefully in a very nice family where they will be respected and treasured.


4 thoughts on “South of Auckland it is not uncommon to find kittens dumped in plastic bags”

  1. What really amazes me is the fact that these callous people have access to an unaltered female! If you hate kittens, WHY IN THE WORLD DID YOU GET A FEMALE?

    I recently found three tiny kittens abandoned at a group of dumpsters with no food. The dumpsters are not a reliable source of food (most people eat their food rather than through it away). The only shelter is a felled tree that will not offer much sanctuary from the local coyotes. And the only water source is rain runoff at the roots of the tree, which does dry up.

    Praise God for Rescuers!!! My vet told me about LC Paws who contacted me and was able to rescue them all in one day. One of the kittens will likely lose her tail due to injury, possibly from burns.

  2. This is more likely the reaction of people like you who seek to bury us, our children and out wildlife in cats and their diseases. These folks resort to inhumane methods like this out of desperation in commonwealth countries where legal possession of firearms is restricted, and the penalty for shooting cats is harsher than abusing human children. Of course, child-hating, cat-feeding spinsters see nothing wrong with that.

    Hermann Goering felt the same and exhibited the same priorities in 1933. That’s what happens when “animal rights” imbeciles attain state power.

    • Pure BS. You are a fool. This is a crime and therefore society regards it is immoral and you are defending it! Really you should be ashamed of yourself.

  3. If governments would set the tone on the welfare of all species, stop scapegoating domestic cats, then there would be less of this horrendous abuse. We need animal welfare and kindness to be taught in every school in the world, for the whole of every child’s education. It needs to be taken that seriously.

    These kittens were very lucky to be found.

    A friend of mine adopted a young cat who had been left as a kitten with her siblings, who had died, in a taped up box, dumped in a layby. She was traumatised for life.


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