Cat covered in blood discarded in plastic bag on doorstep in Redruth
Two kittens dumped in a box on a Redruth doorstep have been reunited with their mother who was abandoned in the same place, dirty and covered in blood, just days before.
The kittens were dumped in a box that had contained wild bird food saying 'Free Good Home' and discovered last night by Lynda Nicholas.
They were riddled with fleas and worms and Lynda realised that they were probably the missing litter belonging to Autumn, who was also left on her doorstep on Sunday.
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All three are now being cared for at the Sue Clinton cat rescue centre.
Mrs Clinton said: "We were shocked that more animals have been left Lynda's doorstep but pleased that the kittens have been returned to their mother.
"The kittens are around 5 weeks old and Autumn is trying to feed them. She 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."
She said a woman has agreed to take on Autumn and one of her kittens as soon as they have been weaned and their condition improved.
She is also appealing for information regarding the box used to leave the kittens on the doorstep.
"Atleast they weren't left on waste land but handed to someone who can care for them. Maybe someone will recognise the box and be able to trace where it came from?"
A Redruth animal lover says she was left sickened by the discovery of a young cat discarded in a plastic carrier bag tied to her front door.
Lynda Nicholas from Clairmont Road made the grisly discover last Sunday (SEP 22) when she opened the bag to find the animal covered in blood and her own excrement.
She said: “The cat was very young and had not long had kittens. She was covered in blood and in a very sorry state. We have no idea what has happened to her litter?”
Lynda is known in the area for her work with Sue Clinton Cat Rescue in Todpoll, St Day, an independent rescue centre that currently cares for 40 felines.
Lynda believes the cat was left on her doorstep by someone who was too cowardly to hand it over in person knowing she was a cat rescue volunteer.
She said: “Someone rang my doorbell at 9.30am. I got up but there was no one there. I saw a Wilkinson carrier bag on the door and when I picked it up something moved and I dropped it.”
She said a neighbour cut open the bag to reveal the cat inside.
“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.”
The cat, which has been named Autumn and is being rehomed, is now staying with Sue Clinton at the rescue centre and is receiving treatment from the vet.
Mrs Clinton is warning of a crisis in abandoned kittens, saying rescue centres across the county are being inundated with the pets because adults are not being neutered.
She said her monthly vet bills have more than doubled as a result, with her forking out around £1000 last month to cover inoculations and neutering.
She added: “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.”
For further information go to Sue’s Cat Rescue Facebook page. The organisation is staging a fundraising cabaret event at Redruth’s Gas Lights on Saturday 7pm.