SEVEN kittens in a sealed paint bucket were dumped on the doorstep of the Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The kittens, believed to be aged between two and three weeks old, were discovered in the tightly-sealed bucket on Tuesday afternoon. A small number of holes had been punched in the lid of the bucket. One of the kittens’ noses could be seen poking out through one hole.
It is not known how long they were in the bucket for before being discovered by Cassie Twomey, a staff member at the CSPCA in Mahon. She said the lid had been tightly placed on the bucket with tape and a plastic bag.
A vet is today checking the kittens to ensure they are none the worse of their experience. But Cassie said they have sore eyes, which are being cared for by staff at the centre. Despite their ordeal, the kittens were not dehydrated.
She said: “It was a bit of a shock to find them. I could not believe it when I was opening it to see the kittens.”
She added that the kittens had been in very cramped conditions.
The kittens will be cared for at the CSPCA for the next number of weeks. They will then be rehomed once they are healthy and strong enough.
She stressed: “Even though the kittens travelled to us in these poor conditions, they are now safe in our care; they need a lot of TLC and time to get them on the road to recovery.”