The RSPCA has launched an urgent appeal for information after a young kitten with horrendous injuries was discovered dumped in a carrier bag on Christmas Eve.
The animal welfare charity was called by a concerned member of the public after the young cat was found with his spine broken and legs paralyzed in an underpass near to Wessex Gardens in Andover.
The black and white male kitten, who is thought to have been around ten weeks old, was taken to a local veterinary practice where he sadly had to be put to sleep because of the severity of his injuries. RSPCA inspector Alan Browning said: “While many people were getting ready to enjoy Christmas this kitten was being subjected to horrendous cruelty that sadly cost him his life.
“He was found in a carrier bag, paralyzed and was unable to stand, by a gentleman walking home from the local Tesco store. He was rushed to a veterinary surgeon and found to have a fractured spine probably due to being swung round by the tail.
“It would have been clearly obvious that the kitten had been injured, and an act of callous cruelty to dump it in a bag and leave it in the underpass unable to fend for itself and open to predatory attack.
“It is unthinkable why somebody would treat a defenceless animal in such a way and we urge any member of the public with information to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
Unfortunately the kitten had no collar or microchip so it has not been possible to trace an owner.
The kitten was one of a number of abused, neglected or injured animals helped by the RSPCA over the Christmas period after the charity received an average of two calls an hour about animals being abandoned over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
In total 770 calls were made to the charity by concerned members of the public between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
Of those 770, 192 were complaints of abandonments - more than two complaints an hour of animals being abandoned over those three days - or 64 complaints a day.
The animal welfare charity is expecting to take in around 19,000 animals throughout December and into January and are calling for the public to help animals this winter by supporting the winter appeal.