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Mother cat, kittens left in ditch to die


After a night of heavy rain, three kittens less than two weeks old were found with their mother tied in a cardboard box in a ditch filled with water.

TLC Animal Shelter supervisor and volunteer Dorothy Andrews noticed the box Aug. 1.

The box was tied together with black shoelaces.

Due to the dampness from the water the cardboard box softened, which allowed the adult cat to dig herself out, Andrews said. “She managed to get (the kittens) out up into the woods out of the ditch. She’s a hero as far as I’m concerned.”

At first Andrews only spotted two kittens. It was days later while she was setting a live trap to catch the mother that she found the third kitten to the litter. As of Aug. 5, Andrews was still trying to capture the mother cat. “Any person who would do such a terrible thing to tiny little helpless animals is less than human,” she declared. “These are adults, what kind of role model are they for their children?”

As if three kittens left in a box weren’t enough, she heard the cries of another kitten, lost in the woods. This one is not from the same litter.

This fourth kitten is a few months old, grey with stripes and is double pawed, she noted.

The kittens were very weak when discovered, so Andrews sent them to a private place where they can be cared for properly.

If anyone is missing a grey kitten that fits the description Andrews gave, they can contact the TLC Animal Shelter at 245-2303.

Noting the animal shelter is non-profit, Andrews reminds folks that donations are welcome at anytime, whether it is money or food for the animals. ldelong@digbycourier.ca

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