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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after three cats were found abandoned in Shotts and a kitten was found in a bin in Glasgow.
We were contacted by a concerned member of the public who discovered three cats on Allanton Road in Shotts on 9 September.
Animal rescue officer Dawn Juma said, “The female cat was found with her two offspring inside a cage off the A71.
“They had been left on the eastbound side of the road heading in the Edinburgh direction.
“We are very grateful to the person who alerted us to the cats and stayed with them until we arrived.
“Upon veterinary examination, the cats were found to be riddled with fleas and had a number of health issues.
“One of the kittens was too sick to recover and on veterinary advice, the sad decision was made to put her to sleep."
We were also alerted to a kitten in a bin on Ashgill Road in Glasgow on 11 September.
Animal rescue officer Ryan Cannon said, “The kitten was discovered inside a white paper bag in a bin.
“The bin is on Ashgill Road near the bus stop at Scaraway Street in the Milton area.
“He is a male, ginger and white kitten and we estimate he is around six weeks old. At this age, he should still be with his mum.
“We are thankful the member of the public heard the kitten’s cries as who knows what would have happened if he hadn’t been found.
“He is now receiving the care he needs at one of our animal rescue and rehoming centres.
“Someone deliberately put this kitten in the bin and we want to find out what happened.
“If anyone has any information on how any of these cats were abandoned we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.