Carolyn Malley, volunteer and committee member at the Maryborough animal refuge, with two of the five kittens left for dead in a cardboard box yesterday.
Carolyn Malley, volunteer and committee member at the Maryborough animal refuge, with two of the five kittens left for dead in a cardboard box yesterday. Jocelyn Watts

Dumping taken to new low

CAROLYN Malley has seen a lot in her time at Maryborough District Animal Refuge – but yesterday she saw something that really disgusted her.

Five kittens, aged about six weeks, were brought into the refuge after they had been abandoned at the Maryborough dump.

“A woman found them and had the goodness to bring them in,” she said.

The kittens were in a cardboard box with holes punched into its side.

Ms Malley said the kittens could have easily died of heat exhaustion or could have been crushed if a load of garbage had been dumped on them.

“I don’t often feel like this – this is really horrific,” she said.

The refuge has more kittens than it can cope with at the moment and Ms Malley estimates that two or three litters are being brought in every day.

“We just can’t cope with the numbers,” she said.

“It seems to be worse this year than other years.

“Some of them will probably have to go to the pound.

“Up to 13,000 cats and kittens have to be euthanised in Queensland every year.”

Ms Malley said the kittens were in fairly good condition and would be fostered by one of the carers at the refuge until a suitable home was found for them.

Desexing cats was the best way to prevent stories like this from being repeated, she said.

“Apart from the horror of this, people must desex their animals.

“People just don’t seem to get the message – be responsible.

“Don’t take the horrible, cruel option of dumping these animals.”



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