Kittens are being dumped by their cruel owners
Donegal charity Animals In Need report that there has been an epidemic of dumping kittens in plastic bags and boxes throughout the county this year.
This included two tiny kittens sealed inside a plastic bag filled with water which was then left in a bin outside a takeaway in Ballybofey.
An Animals In Need (AIN) spokesperson said: "In this case, some heartless person deliberately put the kittens into a plastic bag, filled it with water, sealed it shut and then dumped it in a rubbish bin. The outcome they had planned for these little ones is clear and it was only a fluke they were found alive."
Thankfully local residents heard the freezing cold, soggy kittens crying and they were brought to Animals In Need where they fully recovered.
Two more little kittens who were abandoned by their owners
Less than a week later two more kittens were found left inside a carrier bag on the Main Street in Killygordon, which proved to be the start of a spate of kitten dumping around Donegal.
The AIN spokesperson added: "We have had kittens being found all over. We’ve had kittens dumped inside a box in Stranorlar, seven kittens found in a wheelie bin in Carndonagh and brought to the gardaí in a plastic bag, three more kittens were sealed inside a box in Convoy and left to suffocate and five new-born kittens were found inside a plastic bag left on Donegal pier."
The animal rescue volunteer added that this was just the tip of the iceberg.
"‘Most of these kittens were only found by luck, they weren’t meant to be found. There were five friendly kittens found on a quiet country road by a man who happened to be taking his grandson for a stroll, two kittens recently found in the middle of nowhere in Inishowen and two more by the masts in Raphoe and another two were found by tourists on the riverbank in Pettigo."
AIN point out that it is an offence to abandon an animal, including kittens or unwanted cats.
The charity revealed it is currently inundated with kittens who have been let outside at too young an age and are consequently getting lost or travelling in car engines.
"Kittens should not be allowed out until they are at least six months and have been neutered or spayed," AIN advise.
With over a hundred gorgeous kittens and cats currently looking for homes at AIN, if you would like to add a furry feline friend or two to your family, please contact AIN’s cat helpline at (087) 7644420 or take a look at the Cats for Adoption album on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AINDONEGAL/