A lady was walking past an alley in Stratford, UK, when she heard miaowing coming from 4 sealed boxes.
She immediately alerted The Celia Hammond Animal Trust and they came to the rescue. This video is their heart wrenching story.
The Celia Hammond Animal Trust explains: “We were called out in the night by a lady returning from work who had noticed several sealed cardboard boxes in an alley in Stratford, near a busy road. She walked past the alley and then went back as she thought she heard miaowing.”
“Thank goodness she did, as the boxes were completely sealed shut with masses of parcel tape and the 11 young cats inside would have suffocated if we hadn’t raced straight out to collect them, as there were no air holes in the boxes.”
“We didn’t know their temperaments so didn’t dare open the boxes and risk them flying out into the road, so made a few tiny holes to let air in but not big enough to allow them to rip at the cardboard and escape.”
“Fortunately, it only took a few minutes to drive back to the clinic. The risk of cutting the cats would have made it too dangerous to use scissors to open the boxes, so we used a butter knife to get the cats out as quickly as possible.”
“We can only assume the intention was for them to die as surely everybody knows animals need to be able to breathe to survive.
The boxes cannot have been there very long as without oxygen our vets estimate they probably wouldn’t have lived more than an hour or two.
One really strange thing is that these cats are really friendly and have clearly once been loved, handled and cuddled – what on earth would drive an apparently loving owner to do something so terrible?”
“Perhaps it was a family member or neighbour who hated the cats enough to do this. All the cats are extremely underweight and covered in fleas – our vets treated them for fleas immediately on arrival in the clinic, but we will have to build them up before they are fit enough to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they are re-homed.”
The trust decided to adopt them out in pairs (or more) and they have since all been adopted into loving homes.
They also want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated towards their care.
If you would like to make a donation or are thinking of adopting, you can contact the Celia Hammond Trust on their website