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RSPCA investigating abandoned kittens near Winchester
10:19am Saturday 17th November 2012 in Winchester
THE RSPCA is appealing for information after four kittens were abandoned in a village near Winchester.
The charity was alerted after a member of the public discovered four kittens, loose, next to a parking area on the edge of the wood at the back of her property in Hursley.
The kittens were clean and dry and warm, so it is likely they had only been left there that morning, Wednesday November 7.
The young cats, which were alert but scared, were taken to the RSPCA Stubbington Ark Animals Shelter, near Fareham where they were examined by a vet and found to be underweight and with fleas.
Now the RSPCA is appealing for information in a bid to find the person responsible for the kittens.
RSPCA inspector Jan Edwards said: “These kittens were probably an unplanned and unwanted litter which came about as a result of someone failing to take on board basic animal welfare advice and have their pet neutered.“
It is a sad day when people fail their pet by not having it neutered and then when kittens come along they just shrug their shoulders and decide to dump them and let someone else deal with it. RSPCA animal centres are full of unwanted cats and kittens and many owners are only making the problem worse by allowing their pets to breed.”
Ms Edwards is urging anyone who recognizes these kittens or has information about where they came from to contact the RSPCA so it can check on their mother and ensure there are no other animals at risk.
Under the Animals Welfare Act 2006 anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal faces up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Edwards.