Mackay RSPCA faces ‘dumping’ epidemic
IN A matter of weeks, more than a dozen cats have been dumped outside the Mackay RSPCA.
It’s an ongoing issue that RSPCA Mackay Adoption Centre manager Susan Armstrong said had been getting worse.
On Tuesday September 16, four kittens and one heavily pregnant cat were dumped outside the Mackay centre, stuffed inside a small crate and left without water or food.
Ms Armstrong said the crate was left there just after midnight.
“They were extremely hot, panting and squashed on top of each other,” she said.
“There was no room for them to move.
“Sadly this is not a one-off occurence. Last week we had a crate left outside with seven kittens it it and the month before three adult cats were dumped.”
CCTV footage shows someone dropping the animals off on Tuesday morning and spending time “saying goodbye” before driving away.
Ms Armstrong said the number of cats dumped in Mackay had increased in the past six months.
She believes it is due to over-population and urged people to have their pets de-sexed.
“Unfortunately cat owners don’t have a lot of choice when it comes to what happens to their animals if they abandon them,” she said.
“In this case, we had room at the centre to take them in but normally they would go to the pound. We really need people to understand this.”
The five cats abandoned on Tuesday are being cared for by RSPCA volunteers and will be available for adoption in the coming days.
If you need to re-home your pet, visit the RSPCA website to find out what options you have.