Blood covered cat discarded in plastic bag on Redruth doorstep
A CAT that had just given birth was left in a plastic bag tied to the door of a Redruth animal-lover's home – where days later her kittens were also dumped.
Lynda Nicholas, who lives in Clairmont Road, said she was sickened when the bag was opened to reveal the mother cat still covered in her blood and excrement.
"Someone rang my doorbell at 9.30am but there was no one there," she said. "I saw a Wilkinson's carrier bag on the door and when I picked it up something moved, and I dropped it."
A neighbour cut the bag open to reveal the suffering cat.
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"She was very young and hadn't long had kittens," she said. "She was covered in blood and in a very sorry state.
"She could have suffocated; the bag was tied so tight, with no air holes. Most people bring pets in a box, not in a carrier bag. It was sickening.
"We had no idea what had happened to her litter."
Four days later the kittens were also dumped at her door, covered in fleas, in a cardboard box that had contained wild bird seed, and with "Free good home" scrawled on it.
Ms Nicholas is known in the area for her work with Sue Clinton Cat Rescue in nearby Todpool, an independent rescue centre caring for 40 abandoned felines, and said she believed the animals were left by someone who knew she was a cat rescue volunteer but was "too cowardly" to hand them over to her in person.
The cat, christened Autumn, and her kittens are staying at Sue Clinton's centre and being treated by a vet.
Mrs Clinton said: "Rescue centres are being swamped with cats at the moment. The RSPCA has a neutering campaign for Cornwall to help bring down the number of strays and abandoned pets.
"We were shocked that more animals have been left on Lynda's doorstep but pleased the kittens have been returned to their mother.
"They're around five weeks old. Autumn took to them straight away and started licking them. They were dirty and riddled with fleas, which makes me concerned for the conditions they were being kept in. Maybe someone will recognise the box and be able to trace where it came from."
For further information on the centre, visit Sue's Cat Rescue Facebook page.