Two cats with a severe flea allergy are recovering after being abandoned in a Leicester park.
The cats – a male and a female – were discovered by a member of the public in a plastic carrier on Aylestone Recreation Ground, in Knighton Lane, on Thursday last week (1 June).
They are now in the RSPCA’s care, where they have been given the names Dandelion and Burdock.
RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Sharon Knight, who collected the cats, said: “They had been left out in a plastic cat carrier in temperatures of 28c – it is lucky that they were found, or they would have suffered a horrible death. They were very scared when they were discovered, which is understandable as being abandoned is very stressful for an animal.
“This is no way to treat animals and it is about time some people took responsibility for their pets. The majority of pet-owners do, but there are people who don’t and that results in animals being abandoned and suffering.
“Dandelion and Burdock both had severe flea allergies so it is likely they were dumped because whoever owned them previously could not afford to get them treated. Their skins were very inflamed but they have been given treatment and are doing well. Burdock had sores on his body and would have been especially uncomfortable.
“We want to get the message out there that if you have a pet, you are responsible for getting them treated if they require veterinary attention. You can’t just dump them like rubbish.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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