Six abandoned kittens found in taped-up box handed in at Yorkshire vets

The RSPCA is appealing for a man who left a box of six kittens at a Yorkshire vets practice to come forward.
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The four-week-old felines were presented at Vermuyden Vets in Goole on Thursday, May 4.

They were taken to RSPCA Goole and District Branch, where staff later had to rush them to an out-of-hour veterinary practice amid health concerns for one of the kittens, who was suffering from dehydration.

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Thankfully, they are now all in good health and are being looked after by the animal charity’s foster carers, although there are concerns for their mother.

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The abandoned kittens

The man who left them in a taped-up box (pictured below) said he was a delivery driver and claimed he had found them on Carter Street in Goole.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Hannah Williams said: “We have concerns for the kittens’ mother as she must have been feeding all six of them and then to stop all of a sudden could result in some health complications for her.

“The kittens are all doing really well now at a foster home, but we'd like anybody with any information to come forward. We particularly would like to talk to the man who left them at the vets to find out some more details. He didn’t leave his name, the company he works for or any contact details. But I'd like him to come forward to help with enquiries.”

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Anyone with any information about the circumstances in which these kittens were left is asked to contract the RSPCA appeals line number on 0300 123 8018.

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The kittens in the abandoned box

Cruel abandonments of pets are continuing to rise. Last month (April) alone, the RSPCA received 1,508 reports to its emergency line about an animal being abandoned. That compares with 1,370 incidents for the same month last year, a rise of 9.6 per cent.

The charity has launched a cost of living hub to help pet owners during the ongoing financial crisis.

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