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Eleven cats dumped in sealed boxes and left to die

Eleven cats were left to die after being dumped on a street in east London in sealed cardboard boxes.

Credit: Celia Hammond Animal Trust

They were spotted in Stratford by a passer-by who heard the cats miaowing.

The cats would have suffocated after a couple of hours if they hadn't been found, according to charity the Celia Hammond Animal Trust.

We didn’t know their temperaments so didn’t dare open the boxes and risk them flying out into the road, so made a few tiny holes to let air in but not big enough to allow them to rip at the cardboard and escape.

Fortunately, it only took a few minutes to drive back to the clinic.

The risk of cutting the cats would have made it too dangerous to use scissors to open the boxes, so we used a butter knife to get the cats out as quickly as possible.

We can only assume the intention was for them to die as surely everybody knows animals need to be able to breathe to survive.

– Celia Hammond Animal Trust

Anyone with information can contact the Celia Hammond Trust in confidence via email on canningtown@celiahammond.org or call 020 7474 8811.

The charity says the owner may have other cats they may not want.