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RSPCA appeal for information after two kittens dumped in bin in Somerset

The kittens have been named Stuffing and Bisto. Credit: RSPCA

Two kittens have been rescued by the RSPCA after being dumped in a recycling bin in the car park of a Somerset supermarket.

The unwanted ginger kittens were found after members of the public heard cries from a recycling bin in the Tesco car park in Chard. One of them had a broken back.

The RSPCA is now investigating how the young cats, who have been named Stuffing and Bisto, came to be abandoned.

We understand that people’s circumstances can change which may mean they can no longer cope with their pet but there is never an excuse to abandon any animal like this, as there are other options available to people who are struggling to care for their pets.

Dumping a pet is a cruel and callous act which leaves the animal extremely vulnerable and scared.

– Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA
Stuffing and Bisto are now being looked after at RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre. Credit: RSPCA

It’s shocking to think someone could just abandon Stuffing and Bisto like this, especially when they needed veterinary attention.

They couldn’t have entered the bin on their own so it appears they were intentionally left in there by someone who decided to dump the kittens in a bin without care or thought to what happens to them.

Thankfully they were found in time - it could have sadly been a very different outcome if they had not been discovered before the bin was emptied.

– Clara Scully, RSPCA animal collection officer

3,307 calls were made to the RSPCA's cruelty line in December 2018. 585 of these reports of cruelty were in Somerset. Calls to the animal welfare centre have went up that month by more than 5,000 across the UK.

Dermot Murphy, Chief Inspectorate Officer at the RSPCA, said: “We would urge anyone considering getting a pet to think carefully about whether they have the time, care, patience, and resources to care for that animal for the rest of their life and if you feel you really do, then please consider giving a rescue pet a second chance this new year.”

Stuffing and Bisto are currently being cared for by the team at RSPCA West Hatch Animal Centre.

The kitten suffering from a broken back - Bisto - is on cage rest due to the injuries. He is predicted to make a full recovery.

The animal welfare charity is asking anyone who may have information on how the kittens came to be in the bin at 3.45pm on December 2 to contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.