County news: '˜Traumatised' cat found dumped in Henry hoover box

A '˜traumatised' tabby kitten was found abandoned in a cardboard box next to a wheelie bin on the drive of a Findon animal sanctuary.

Monday, 11th July 2016, 6:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:44 pm
Tabby kitten Bella was found abandoned in a cardboard box next to a wheelie bin on the drive of Paws Animal Sanctuary in Findon.

Sheila Steere of Paws Animal Sanctuary rescued the female cat after discovering it in a Henry hoover box, without any bedding or note explaining its name or age, at around 9.30am on July 4.

Mrs Steere said: “Just as I was about to flatten the box and put it in the recycling bin, I realised that it contained a very frightened little cat.

“The poor kitten had probably been outside all night. She was utterly traumatised, shaking and was hiding her face in the corner.

“With our care and kindness she will eventually recover and we will then try to find her a kind and permanent home.”

The cat, re-named Bella, has begun to purr and try food after days of not eating.

Mrs Steere added: “We at Paws hope that whoever did this has some sense of guilt. She is unfortunately not the first unwanted pet to be left on our doorstep and sadly I don’t suppose the last.”

Paws Animal Sanctuary is now full to capacity with animals from guinea pigs to ponies.

Stacey McSpirit, who has been running the charity for over 20 years, said: “We have never had so many cats here before. We’re supposed to be a nation of animal lovers but we don’t see much of that here.

“People can be so wicked. It’s not unusual for unwanted pets to be left near our doorstep. In the past we have rescued two small rabbits that were horribly dumped in Worthing tip and kittens that were left under a van in the winter with no blanket.”

Mrs McSpirit said as many people are losing their jobs and homes they can no longer look after their pets.

She advised people who could no longer care for their pets to use services such as Cat Welfare in Worthing and Alexandra Bastedo Champions Animal Sanctuary in West Chiltington.

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