After being rescued coated in fleas and with significant worm infestations, two kittens and an adult cat perished within hours.
A Wirral cat charity reported to the RSPCA that they had rescued a female adult cat and two litters of four kittens, four of which were about eight weeks old and two of which were about three weeks old.
On August 24, animal rescuer inspector Helen Smith was dispatched to investigate, and discovered that all of the animals were in bad health, with fleas and bite marks, as well as major worm infestations.
Unfortunately, both of the kittens died within hours of each other from flea anemia, and one of the older kittens died from worm compaction, which the vet said as the worst case she had ever seen.
On Monday, September 6, the RSPCA received a report of kittens being left outside Broadway Veterinary Surgery in Kings Lane, Wirral.
Both were flea-infested and had pee stains on their legs, indicating that they had been kept in inhumane conditions, and they were discovered in a brand new cat carrier with the tags still attached.
Two other female cats were discovered discarded outside Parkside Veterinary Surgery in New Ferry on the same day.
Both were in good health but had bad teeth that need dental treatment, and they were in the same style of the new cat carrier.
Helen feels the three cases are connected, and she is concerned that there may be other kittens in similar poor health in the region, or that other person may have adopted kittens with similar health problems.
“It appears to be more than a coincidence that we have three examples of kittens found in bad health within a few miles of one other,” she said.
“The kittens were found in the same brand new cat carriers with the labels still on outside two vets on the same day in the most recent two occurrences.”
“I’m afraid that these young kittens are in such bad shape that three have perished and the others require immediate veterinarian care. All of them were terrified and in such a situation.
“It raises concerns that more kittens may be suffering in similar circumstances, so I’d like to track down anyone who has lately taken in a kitten suffering in this manner from the New Ferry area.”
All of the cats and kittens are currently receiving veterinary care and are being cared for by the RSPCA until they are ready to be adopted.
The two female adults discovered outside Parkside Vets are now in the care of the Southport, Ormskirk and District branch, and will require expensive dental work before being rehomed.
The others are being cared for by the RSPCA Wirral and Chester branch and will be rehomed once they are healthy.
Many animals, including cats, puppies, and dogs, are already available for adoption at both sites. Visit the Wirral branch website or the Southport branch website for additional information.