ANIMAL Rights and Rescue Northern Rivers are outraged after five kittens and their mother were found dumped in a sealed box in a carpark yesterday.

The three-and-a-half week old kittens and their mother were found minutes from death by a member of the public under the Lismore Shopping Square on Thursday.

Found in a cardboard box, taped up so all cracks were sealed, the kittens have succumbed to collapse by the time they were brought to Animal Rights and Rescue.

Some of the dumped kittens pictured at Animal Rights and Rescue's shelter after they were found in a sealed box in the carpark of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre.
Some of the dumped kittens pictured at Animal Rights and Rescue's shelter after they were found in a sealed box in the carpark of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre.

Barbara Steffensen from the not-for-profit volunteer rescue group said if it had been another ten minutes before they were discovered, the felines would have been dead.

"This has happened because some person didn't have the decency as a responsible citizen to de-sex the cat in the first place. They've probably gone home and had a cup of tea, gone to bed and slept soundly and not thought twice. No decency whatsoever."

Ms Steffensen said this happens all too often." This is like clockwork. It's a cruel biological situation that the cats start breeding every year about October. And it's beyond every rescue group's capacity."

"We can't cope."

Ms Steffensen said the most practical solution was so obvious, and needed to be introduced as soon as possible: high volume, low cost or free de-sexing.

She said Australia needs to "use the solutions that we can to see a better solution. And we won't get that without (low cost or free desexing) rolled out."



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