The RSPCA is appealing for information after a kitten wrapped in a blue jumper was dumped in a box in a Birmingham front garden.
The male black-and-white kitten, thought to be only a few weeks old, was found by a member of the public on Thursday evening (30 June) in Hall Road, Smethwick.
RSPCA inspector Boris Lasserre, who is investigating, said: “The member of the public who found the kitten thought at first that the box was rubbish, but then they heard the cat meowing and saw the box moving. The kitten was inside, wrapped in a blue jumper.
“There is no excuse to leave a vulnerable animal in such a way without a thought for its safety. Fortunately, the kind member of the public kept him safe until we could collect him.”
The kitten has been named Tommy Atkins – an informal term for British soldiers which was used commonly in the First World War – as he was found on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Inspector Lasserre added: “We are urging anyone who has any information about who dumped Tommy to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018 so we can find out how he came to be in this way.”
Tommy has been checked over by a vet and is found to be in good health. He is now in the RSPCA’s care and it is hoped he will be available for rehoming when he is old enough.
RSPCA cat welfare expert Alice Potter said: “Sadly we do see kittens being abandoned during ‘kitten season’ – this is the time of year when most kittens are born.
“We strongly believe the answer lies in loving cat owners neutering their cats before they can get pregnant, so avoiding unplanned pregnancies. We urge people to do the responsible thing as soon as possible.
“At about four months of age, female cats will start to attract the attention of males so it is important to get your cat spayed before this point to protect her from getting pregnant while she’s still a kitten herself. Subsidies are often available to help with the cost.”
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