Queensland RSPCA staff were “shocked” to find a kitten wrapped with remnants of a firecracker, dumped in a bin.
RSPCA Queensland got a call about a kitten being found in a wheelie bin in Park Ridge on July 27 and when staff arrived they found the kitten with duct tape wrapped around its neck, legs and torso.
The kitten was taken to the RSPCA in Wacol, where a veterinarian examined it and discovered what was taped to the kitten.
“When the tape was removed, veterinarian staff discovered remnants of fire crackers and burn injuries on the kitten’s neck and mouth,” the RSPCA said in a media statement.
RSPCA Inspectors and Queensland Police officers executed a warrant on July 29 at an address in Crestmead for a man aged in his 20s.
“A large number of fireworks and crackers were located, along with drugs and an antique firearm,” the RSPCA said.
At the address, the RSPCA seized duct tape with cat fur which matched the description of the cat found in the bin and a mobile which contained a video of a person lighting firecrackers which were taped to the cat.
“The RSPCA seized a number of items including a piece of used duct tape with cat fur matching the description of the kitten located in the bin.”
However, no animals were found at the Crestmead residence.
“The investigation is ongoing,” said RSPCA Queensland Chief Inspector Daniel Young.
“Quite frankly I’m at a loss for words. How anyone could treat an animal like this and then discard it like rubbish is appalling.
“This level of offending shows a complete lack of empathy and a very disturbing level of cruelty.”
The RSPCA is urging any who may have received a video depicting the kitten or who has any further information regarding the incident to contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL.
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