An animal charity based in north London says its seen a massive increase in the number of pets being abandoned.
Wood Green says it is now looking after 30 percent more stray and abandoned animals than a year ago.
The latest pet to be dumped at the centre is five-month-old cat Milo.
CCTV released by the charity shows the moment he was left on their doorstep, early in the morning last week, by a woman wearing a hooded coat.
Centre staff arrived an hour later to find the cat huddled in the corner of his carrier, cold and frightened.
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Lee Curley took more than 120 pictures and videos of his attacks on the girl, said to be under the age of 13.
Council workers uncovered the AK-74 concealed in the undergrowth.
The thief, who used a walking stick, was helped by a man who disabled the lock before pushing the woman away.