Two very skinny and elderly cats were dumped in a cat carrier outside vets in Kent with a note to say they could no longer be cared for.
The cats, named Rosemary and Basil by RSPCA staff, were found dumped in a cat carrier on St Peters Road, in Broadstairs in the middle of the night on Thursday 21 February.
The black male cat, Basil has a swollen eye and both cats were very skinny and covered in fleas. The black and white female cat also had a nasty looking wound on her face.
On examination, it turned out that the wound was a cancerous lesion and vets decided that sadly Rosemary was too poorly and so she was put to sleep to end her suffering.
RSPCA inspector Grace Harris-Bridge who is investigating, said: “These elderly cats were in a very poor state when they were found. Both of them were skinny and covered in fleas and sadly Rosemary was suffering badly from cancer. They were dumped around midnight outside the vets but thankfully someone found them.
“They were abandoned in their cat carrier with no food or water and just a note stating that the person who had been feeding them was not the owner and could no longer look after them.
“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal in this way and in such a poor state and this is why we are urging anyone with information to please contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“Even if these cats were strays rather than owned pets, if someone has been feeding a stray cat, there is a chance they already have a responsibility for their care under the Animal Welfare Act.”
The male cat, Basil, is now recovering at the RSPCA Thanet branch. He is believed to be around 10-years old.
For more information you can visit www.rspca.org.uk.