Wednesday 26 September 2018

Sick Bengal kittens ‘left for dead’ in heatwave

The 10-week-old females are a sought after breed but were left by the roadside, the RSPCA said.

By Flora Thompson, Press Association

Two sick Bengal kittens were “left for dead” when they were dumped “like a piece of rubbish” during the heatwave.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the two very thin 10-week-old females of the sought-after breed were found on the same road in Kent on different days.

It is thought they may have been bred for money, but abandoned when they became ill.

The first kitten had collapsed, was covered in maggot eggs, and suffering from diarrhoea when it was found in Hockenden Lane, Swanley, on June 26, the animal charity said.

A member of the public took the animal to a vet where she was given emergency treatment.

The next day a second also very unwell kitten was found abandoned in the same area and also treated, according to a spokeswoman.

Now named Mon and Amie, they are receiving intensive care at St Paul’s Veterinary Practice, Orpington where they have been put on drips and medication while being syringe fed and undergoing tests.

Nurses have made them tiny jumpers and socks to keep them warm.

It could sadly mean they had just been bred for money and when they became sick they were no longer of value so that’s why they were just dumped like a piece of rubbish RSPCA inspector Anthony Pulfer

RSPCA inspector Anthony Pulfer said: “These poor kittens were dumped during the hot weather and left for dead.

“They were so poorly it’s just lucky that they were found when they were as I don’t think, given their health problems, they would have lasted much longer in the extreme heat.

“We believe they are Bengal kittens, which is normally a very sought-after breed, so it is unusual to see that they have been dumped.

“It could sadly mean they had just been bred for money and when they became sick they were no longer of value so that’s why they were just dumped like a piece of rubbish.”

Anyone with information should call 0300 123 8018.

Press Association

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