AUSTRALIA – This is the shocking moment in which 18 kittens were dumped on the side of a road in a cardboard box.
The kittens, some of which were just about two-weeks-old, were discovered in the box the following morning – prompting an RSPCA investigation.
CCTV footage shows a man parking a white and black 4WD outside of a pets food and fodder store in Two Wells, north of Adelaide, before placing a box on the ground and walking off.
Two of the kittens have since died, but the RSPCA are looking for homes for surviving 16 and they are also searching for the man who ditched them at around 10pm on Monday February 29.
The kittens are believed to be from three entirely different litters.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: ‘The abandonment of 18 kittens outside a fodder store in Two Wells has been caught on CCTV, and we need your help to identify the man involved.
‘At approximately 10.10pm on Monday 29th February, the man parks an older-model 4WD (white with black trim) near the ANZ ATM on Old Port Wakefield Road, places a cardboard box on the ground next to a bush, and drives off.
‘Eighteen kittens between the ages of two and eight weeks-old were discovered in the box the next morning.
RSPCA Rescue Officers attended and the kittens, believed to be from three different litters, are now safely in our care.’
The RSPCA is now calling on anyone with information to identify the man involved.
Andrea Lewis, the chief inspector at RSPCA SA, advises all cat owners to desex their pets to stop future generations of unwanted litters being abandoned.
She said the welfare organization was completely inundated with 100 cats and kittens a week coming into their care.