We are appealing for information after a kitten was stuffed inside a suitcase and then thrown into a river in Whitworth, Lancashire last Friday (August 2).

Kitten after being rescued from river © RSPCAThe 16-week-old male kitten was found after a passer-by heard a meow coming from the river at about midday. They pulled the battered black case from the water at the junction of Milner Road and Rivers Edge Road and discovered the tiny animal inside.

The blue grey tabby was soaking wet, shivering and distressed but otherwise unharmed. He was taken by the passer-by to her home where he was kept until we arrived to rescue him. The inside of the case was described as filthy and full of excrement.

This kitten was lucky to survive this ordeal

RSPCA Inspector Beth Clements said:

“How anyone could want to zip up such a gorgeous little thing in a case and throw him into the water like this is beyond me. It must have been a terrifying ordeal and he only survived by the skin of his teeth.


“But the kitten was lucky on two counts. Firstly that the suitcase floated along the river. If it had sunk he would have died straight away. Secondly that someone happened to pass that heard him meow and so able to save him and ring us for rescue.


“As it was the little thing has made a full recovery and should be ready for a happy new home very soon.”

Suitcase dumped in the river © RSPCA

It is thought the case was chucked into the river at 6.30am after reports from other passers-byes. The woman seen throwing the kitten is described as being in her mid thirties with light hair and a heavy build.

The kitten has been seen by a vet who said he was fit and healthy and is being cared for in private boarding.

As long as no-one comes forward to claim him, he will be ready for rehoming after a week.

Can you help?

Anyone with any information should call our helpline on 0300 123 8018 quoting reference 1230 of 2/08.

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