We’re appealing for information after a kitten was dumped in a plastic box, shoved inside a zipped up holdall, and thrown over a fence near Brighton.

Petra the kitten © RSPCAThe tiny black six to eight week-old was found in a lethargic state in a garden in Vale Road, Portslade on the afternoon of Wednesday 15 October. She had been sealed inside a plastic container with just a few airholes in its purple lid, and then put inside the outer bag.

The kitten, now named Petra, was taken to our Brighton and East Grinstead Animal Centre in Patcham and has recovered well. Despite her trauma she was in good condition and appears to have been cared for. After just a few days, she has already been rehomed.

She could easily not have been found

RSPCA Inspector Liz Wheeler said:

This poor little thing could have starved to death had this kind man not been looking out of his window when he was and spotted her.


“Not only was she tightly fastened inside the box, but someone had heartlessly gone out of their way to make sure she really had no chance of escape by putting her inside a holdall too.


“She could easily not have been found inside all that packaging. We don’t know how long she had been like that but it is unlikely she would have survived that much longer.


“As it was she was incredibly weak and traumatised when she was found but has since perked up and become a cheeky little character. I am not surprised it took someone so little time to fall in love with her and adopt her.


“We urge anyone with any information about how Petra came to be in this state to call us on 0300 123 8018.”

You can see all the other animals in our care that are available for rehoming on our pet search page.

Animals dumped like rubbish

East Sussex was yesterday announced as the 25th county on a national league table of abandonments, with 456 reports of abandoned animals so far this year.

Our staff and volunteers have seen an alarming increase in animals being abandoned nationally and across the South East:

  • Over 2,136 animals have been abandoned in Greater London alone since 1 January.
  • With 29,770 animals being abandoned in England and Wales so far this year- an increase of 33 per cent since 2009.

We’re expecting the situation to get worse over the winter months.

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