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Abandonment of pets is a problem for the SPCA during the COVID-19 crisis

Abandonment of pets is a problem for the SPCA during the COVID-19 crisis

Posted May 07, 2020
Health

Sick, injured or unwanted felines have had to be taken into care to save their lives.

Recently, many of these cases have sadly involved animals who have been purposely left behind or dumped.

Last week a mum cat and her five kittens were left in someone’s garden in a cardboard box.

This came just a few days after a shocking case where a member of the public was out on an afternoon run, when they saw a car pull up close by.

As the runner watched, someone got out of the car and dropped a plastic bag on the ground before driving away.

You can imagine the runner’s surprise when they approached the bag and found a desperately sick cat inside.

The cat was rushed to the Christchurch SPCA Centre and given medical treatment straight away.

The good news is, mother cat and her five week kittens are doing well in SPCA care. The ‘sweet’ kittens have been named Malteser, Pebbles, Skittles, Liquorish and Jaffa, and their mum Sherbet.

The sick cat discarded in a plastic bag has been called Tommy - and is now on his road to recovery.

“Sadly, at SPCA we see stories just like these far too often – and with the effects of COVID-19 impacting so many members of our community, we fear that more may be on the way,” says Sal, the feline team leader at the SPCA Christchurch centre.

“These animals don’t know about what’s going on in the world right now – they just want someone to love and care for them, and to be free from fear and pain.”

To donate to the SPCA visit https://www.spca.nz/donate/covid

Photos: SPCA - Dumped mum and kittens & discarded sick cat Tommy