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Kittens buried under rubbish and left to die

The kittens were buried underneath rubbish Credit: Happy Cats Rescue

Five kittens are recovering after being buried under rubbish and left to die. They were found by a member of the public in a small cardboard box. It was buried under rubbish beside bins in Basingstoke.

The kittens were crying to be fed, underweight and cold. Happy Cat Rescue at Bordon took the animals in. They have been hand-reared for the past six weeks - bottle fed every two hours. One of the kittens died, but the others are now said to be 'flourishing'.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Call for cats to be neutered to stop unwanted kittens

Here's a startling fact. A single female cat can become parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent to up to 20 thousand descendants in just five years. Yes, you read that right. Twenty thousand cats.

And that's why animal charities are becoming over-run and are calling for drastic solutions. Cat Chat - the Kent-based charity - wants more vets to offer neutering or spaying for free, or at least at low cost.

David Johns has been to one cat rescue centre to see the extent of the problem.

He spoke to cat rehomer Sharon Weller and Sir Roger Gale MP.

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'Drastic solutions' needed as charities are overrun with cats

A Kent-based charity is calling for drastic solutions Credit: ITV

A single female cat can become parent, grandparent, great-grandparent and so on for thousands of descendants in just five years.

And that's why animal charities are becoming overrun with them, and are calling for drastic solutions. Cat Chat - the Kent-based charity - wants more vets to offer neutering or spaying for free.... or at least at low cost.

We will have an item from David Johns this afternoon.

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Cat shot dead by air rifle in Bournemouth

A cat has been shot dead by an air rifle in Bournemouth - and a £1000 reward has been put forward.

The cat was shot at between 11am and 7pm on Friday 5th December in the Southbourne area of the town.

The cat was hit by a pellet from an air rifle Credit: Dorset Police

The cat sustained serious injuries to its abdomen and sadly died despite an operation carried out by a vet.

This was a very upsetting experience for the family who have lost their treasured pet just before Christmas.

A kind member of the public is now offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."

– Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police

One-eyed kitten ready for new home

Munchkin has one eye Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA in Buckinghamshire is searching for a new home for a one-eyes kitten called Munchkin.

Munchkin came to the RSPCA in July 2014 as one of four three-week-old kittens. Their mum, Lucy, also came into the care of the charity, but one of her kittens sadly died before the RSPCA was contacted.

Munchkin, now five months old, was smaller than his two sisters and always wanted feeding. All of the cats had fleas and Munchkin was also missing a left eye.

The RSPCA said: "Munchkin’s surgery was carried on on 16 October. It was highly risky but the plucky kitten got stronger afterwards and put on weight. His recovery continued and we are now looking for a new home for him."

RSPCA warning over 'dumping pets like rubbish'

We're supposed to be a nation of animal-lovers - but the RSPCA has today warned that more people than ever are dumping pets "like rubbish".

In Kent the RSPCA dealt with 970 cases since January. In Essex there were 867 cases, in East Sussex 456 cases, and in West Sussex there were 302.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been to see one dog in Kent that was found dumped in a drugs den.

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