Cruel owner abandons cats

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A SHIVERING boxful of abandoned cats was found in a close in Greenrigg Road– and the person responsible could face an animal cruelty rap.

The vulnerable foursome who range from eight months to three years had been stashed in a carrier last Monday night while temperatures plummeted outside. They were found by an appalled member of the public who called the Scottish SPCA.

Tabatha, one of the abandoned cats

Tabatha, one of the abandoned cats

The felines are now in the charity’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Bothwell Road Hamilton – and have been put up for adoption. Staff have called them Dexter, Smudge, Lizzie and Tabatha. Animal Rescue Officer Jenny Hamilton said: “These poor youngsters were dumped in one carrier with no food or water. We don’t think they had been there for very long and we’re just glad that they’re safe now. This was a cruel thing to do and we’re very keen to trace the owner.”

Abandoning an animal is an offence that carries stiff penalties including up to six months in prison, a £5000 fine and a ban on keeping animals.

Please call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 if you have any info on this.