Heartbreaking moment 11 cats left to die in a sealed box and dumped in an alleyway by an evil owner are rescued
- The 11 cats were dumped in a sealed box in an alleyway in Stratford, east London
- Staff from the Celia Hammond Animal Trust rescued the cats from certain death
- Vets claim the cats would have run out of oxygen and died within two hours
- The trust hopes to rehome the cats once they recover from their ordeal
This is the heartbreaking moment 11 young cats are freed after being dumped inside several sealed cardboard boxes wrapped in parcel tape in an alleyway.
A worried member of the public discovered four sealed boxes dumped in the alley and heard a meowing noise coming from inside.
They were rescued by a nearby charity which said they were moments from death when they were discovered in Stratford and they think the cats were dumped by somebody who wanted them to die.
Staff at the Celia Hammond Animal Trust rescued 11 cats which were trapped in this box
The animals had been sealed in a box without air holes and dumped in an alleyway in Stratford
Staff used a butter knife to cut their way into the box as a sharper knife may have hurt the cats
Staff from the Celia Hammond Animal Trust staff made small holes in the boxes to let air in but not big enough so they would escape into the street.
They then took them back to the centre and filmed the amazing moment the ginger cats were rescued from the boxes.
The video has been posted on the trust’s Facebook page showing them being freed.
A post on the page said: ‘We didn’t know their temperaments so didn’t dare open the boxes and risk them flying out into the road, so made a few tiny holes to let air in but not big enough to allow them to rip at the cardboard and escape. Fortunately, it only took a few minutes to drive back to the clinic. The risk of cutting the cats would have made it too dangerous to use scissors to open the boxes, so we used a butter knife to get the cats out as quickly as possible.
‘We can only assume the intention was for them to die as surely everybody knows animals need to be able to breathe to survive. The boxes cannot have been there very long as without oxygen our vets estimate they probably wouldn’t have lived more than an hour or two.
‘One really strange thing is that these cats are really friendly and have clearly once been loved, handled and cuddled – what on earth would drive an apparently loving owner to do something so terrible? Perhaps it was a family member or neighbour who hated the cats enough to do this.’
All 11 cats survived their ordeal but were all underweight and covered in fleas
After they regain weight, all of the cats will be neutered before being offered to new owners
The charity appealed for the owner to come forward if they have any other cats
All of the cats are extremely underweight and covered in fleas.
Vets at the centre treated them immediately but they will now have to build them up before they are fit enough to be neutered, vaccinated and microchipped before they are rehomed.
The Facebook post added: ‘If anyone in the Stratford area has any ideas about where these cats might have come from, please call us in confidence as we are concerned this situation may not have been resolved and there may be other cats in the owner’s property as we don’t think either of the two adult females are old enough to be the mothers of the nine adolescent cats.
‘If the person who left the cats reads this, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7474 8811 so we can collect any other cats you may have and don’t want. There were no clues on the boxes to indicate an address.’