Saturday 21 April 2018

DSPCA finds two starving young kittens covered in engine oil

The two kittens were found in a derelict building.
The two kittens were found in a derelict building.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Animal rescuers are caring for two young kittens which were found just metres away from their dead mother and siblings in a derelict building yesterday.

Inspectors from the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) found the malnourished kittens, which they believe are three to four weeks old, after a concerned neighbour reported hearing screams from the building.

Natasha Eames, fundraising and events coordinator at the DSPCA, said the cats were found covered in engine oil and it took DSPCA staff 50 minutes to clean them. 

The kittens were found skinny and fragile, but vets are hopeful that the kittens will survive.

Ms Eames said: "We received a call from members of the public who could hear the screams, and when the inspectors arrived, the poor mother was dead at the door, and there were other kittens dead around the scene."

"They were absolutely covered in this very thick, gunky, engine oil substance. Staff here were washing them for 50 minutes. We were keen to dry them off and get food into them as soon as we could, they were very, very skinny."

One of the kittens had to be syringe fed because she was so disoriented.

"Kittens are generally with their mother until about six weeks old when they're getting the immunity from the mother's milk. The little ginger kitten had to be syringe fed and then she's been started on the kitten weaning food."

"We wouldn't take any offers of homes at the moment. They're very skinny, they've a long way to go. Obviously we're very hopeful we will pass them on. We’re doing the best we can and the vets are doing the best they can."

"We can only just be hopeful, they're certainly in a better place than yesterday," Ms Eames added.

Rescuers believe that the mother chose the derelict building as a safe and quiet place to have her kittens, and they did not suffer at the hands of humans.

DSPCA's Annual Great Irish Dog Walk, in partnership with PURINA, will take place on Saturday, September 26 in the DSPCA Campus in Rathfarnham. 

This year’s event will launch the DSPCA’s new Dog Nature Trail, a two-kilometre enclosed dog walk around the perimeter of the DSPCA Campus with spectacular views over the Dublin Mountains and Dublin Bay and the City.  

There will be lots of fun activities for adults, kids and dogs alike with bouncy castles, face painting, games, fun merry-go-round, dog agility demonstrations, market stalls, dog grooming demonstrations and lots, lots more.

To book your place, see here

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