Call for information after kitten dumped in post box

Published 1:29pm 30 May 2023

Call for information after kitten dumped in post box
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

RSPCA Queensland is calling for information from members of the public who may have witnessed a kitten being dumped in a post box at Caboolture South.

The RSPCA believe the kitten was dumped inside the post box on the corner of Morayfield Rd and John St in Caboolture South sometime between 12.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, May 25.

Australia Post serviced the post box at 12.30pm that day and stated the kitten was not inside at the time.

About 6.30pm, a passerby heard a kitten meowing from inside the post box and alerted authorities.

RSPCA Rescue Officer Samantha freed the kitten, with assistance from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

“A huge shoutout to the Caboolture A team – Mark, Peter, Max and Bryan. It was a delicate and noisy rescue, but we could grab the kitten safely,” Samantha says.

The kitten, now named Pat, is receiving veterinary care at the RSPCA in Brisbane.

The RSPCA would like to thank the passerby for alerting authorities as the kitten would most likely have been exposed to both cold temperatures inside the metal post box overnight and heat the following morning if not found before the Friday 12.30pm post box service.

RSPCA Inspector Julia Steley says the “kitten could have died if not found in time”.

“It is deeply concerning that someone could do this. The kitten would have been frightened and uncomfortable,” Julia says.

“Dumping any animal is inhumane. If you need help with an animal, reach out.”

Anyone found abandoning or dumping animals, can face prosecution.

The RSPCA has been in contact with surrounding businesses seeking CCTV footage that may assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information about how the kitten was dumped in the post box or with dashcam footage is urged to phone the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

The dumping of Pat the kitten comes just days out from the RSPCA’s Operation Wanted de-sexing campaign commencing on June 1.

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