A Perth animal shelter has described the “heartbreaking” scene staff encountered after finding two “filthy” cat carriers carrying 15 felines drenched in urine and faeces.
Animal Protection Society of WA (APS) wrote on Facebook that a team at their suburban shelter came across the two cat carriers sitting on their doorstep earlier this week.
The shelter wrote the cats were “packed in so tight you couldn’t see them all and the poor babies were drenched in their own urine and faeces”.
It added that workers at the shelter discovered one of the cats is also “heavily pregnant” with another “suspected to be pregnant”.
“So potentially this 15 turns into as many as 30 cats,” the shelter wrote.
“These poor babies were terrified and filthy. This was a task undertaken by two of our team who worked all day to get to a point where these babies were clean, health checked and settled to come to terms with a new environment.”
APS said it suspects the owner did not sterilise the cats and knowing kittens were on the way decided to leave them.
The shelter added it does not have the resources to look after the 15 along with the kittens yet to be born.
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It’s expected the total cost of vet treatment for all 15 cats costs up to $4500. The APS is asking for donations to cover the costs of helping the felines.
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RSPCA WA said it had not received a report into the matter, and a volunteer from the shelter said there were no witnesses around when the cats were dumped so it seemed unlikely that the owner would be found.
They said their priority was looking after the cats and finding them good homes.