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Anger after kittens locked inside vacated property

Neighbours were left concerned about the safety of the animals inside the property which included two kittens, a hamster and a goldfish.

The animals had been left inside the property for days and neighbours resorted to pushing wet food through the letterbox for the kittens to eat.

Both the RSPCA and the City of Lincoln Council were contacted.

The council put a notice on the door stating the locks had been changed at the property in Coleridge Green, in the St Giles area of the city.

Mark Mynott, who lives next door to the house, said:

They look around six to seven weeks old but no more than 12 weeks.

They are furiously grooming each other and I think they are trying to eat the fleas off each other. They are desperate to get out.

We are more than happy to take them and look after them. I am furious about it.

We want the animals saved.

– Mark Mynott

RSPCA attended the property on 23 August.

Assistant Director for housing at City of Lincoln Council, Karen Talbot, said:

City of Lincoln Council housing officers attended the address on Friday, 18 August and discovered it to be unoccupied and unsecured. Steps were taken to change the locks and secure the house.

While inspecting the empty property, the officers discovered two kittens and a hamster.

We managed to trace the people last living at the address and they confirmed they would like to keep the pets and other miscellaneous items left behind. Arrangements were put in place for them to be collected. We take our duty of care towards all animals very seriously so, in the intervening time, housing officers have been visiting the property daily to feed and tend to the animals.

– Karen Talbot, Assistant Director for housing at City of Lincoln Council

The RSPCA were notified and were said to be happy with the plans the council had put in place.

According to Karen Talbot, the pets' owners failed to attend a meeting on 23 August and "arrangements are now being put in place to re-home the animals".