A kitten, found dumped in a Queensland post box, has prompted calls for help from the state’s leading animal welfare group.
RSPCA Queensland is calling for information from members of the public who may have witnessed the kitten being dumped in a post box on Thursday between 12.30pm and 6.30pm.
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A passer-by heard the kitten meowing from inside a post box on the corner of Morayfield Rd and John St in Caboolture South about 6.30pm.
The kitten, now named Pat, was freed by an RSPCA Rescue Officer named Samantha.
Pat is now receiving veterinary care at the RSPCA in Brisbane.
He was not inside the box when it was serviced by Australia Post at 12.30pm, narrowing down the timeframe for when he was placed there.
“This kitten could have died if not found in time,” RSPCA Inspector Julia Steley said.
Pat would have been exposed to cold temperatures overnight and heat the following morning, she said.
“It is deeply concerning that someone could do this,” Steley said.
“The kitten would have been frightened and uncomfortable.”
Anyone struggling with a pet, or who needs to surrender an unwanted litter, is urged by the RSPCA to ask for help.
Abandoning or dumping animals is an offence under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.
The maximum penalty for an individual convicted of unreasonable abandonment or release is $43,125 or one year imprisonment.
“Dumping any animal is inhumane,” Steley said.
“If you need help with an animal, reach out.”
The dumping of Pat the kitten comes just days out from the RSPCA’s Operation Wanted desexing campaign commencing on June 1.
From June 1 to August 31 pet owners can receive discounted pet desexing at participating councils and vets.
The RSPCA has been in contact with surrounding businesses for any CCTV footage that may assist in their investigation.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information relating to it is urged to contact the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
No one has come forward to claim Pat. He will be up for adoption once he has been desexed.
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