An RSPCA investigation is ongoing after five adult cats and six kittens were rescued in three New Ferry incidents believed to be related.
Two female cats were born last Monday the 6th.
Both were infested with fleas and had urine stains on their legs, suggesting they were found in a brand new cat carrier with the stickers still attached in a brand new cat carrier.
On the same day, two more female cats were found outside Parkside Veterinary in New Ferry.
Both were described as in similar health, but with bad teeth that required dental surgery and were in the same type of new cat carrier (see picture below).
These releases followed a report from another local cat organization that rescued a female adult cat along with two litters of four kittens – four were about eight weeks old and two were about three weeks old (one pictured below).
The charity reported the matter to the RSPCA and Animal Rescue Inspector Helen Smith was sent to investigate on August 24th.
All were in poor health with fleas and bite marks and all had severe worm infestations.
Unfortunately, the two youngest kittens died of flea anemia within hours (one is pictured below).
One of the other older kittens also died from worm compaction – which the vet said was the worst case she’d seen in her career.
Helen believes all three cases are related and is concerned that there may be other kittens in the area with similar poor health or that other people may have taken in kittens with similar health problems.
She said, “It seems more than a coincidence that we have three cases within a few miles of kittens found in poor health.
“In the last two cases, the kittens were found on the same day in exactly the same brand new cat carriers with the tags still on two vets.
“I am very concerned that these poor kittens are in such poor health that three have died and the others are in urgent need of veterinary attention.
“Everyone was in such a condition and terrified.”
Kittens found discarded
“There is a concern that more kittens may have similar conditions, so I am very keen to track down anyone who has recently welcomed a New Ferry area kitten who is suffering this way.”
Anyone who can help with the investigation should call the RSPCA Complaint Line on 0300 123 8018.
All cats and kittens are now receiving veterinary care and cared for by RSPCA, where they will stay until they are ready to find a new home.
The two adult females found outside of Parkside Vets are currently in the care of the Southport, Ormskirk and District office and are in need of expensive dental care before they can be re-housed.
The others are in the care of the Wirral and Chester Branch of the RSPCA and are housed in good health.
Both branches already have many animals available for adoption, including cats, kittens and dogs.
Please visit the Wirral office website or the Southport office website for more information.
To continue to support the RSPCA in the rescue, rehabilitation and housing of animals in urgent need of care, please visit our website or call our donation hotline on 0300 123 8181.