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Five cats abandoned, left to freeze outside in a box saying "Merry Christmas"

Box in which 5 cats were dumped cat-angry
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The search is on to find the person who dumped a cardboard box containing three kittens and two cats outside a Luton hospital. The message on the box reads “Merry Xmas”.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 01/12/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:36

Another story of cruel abandonment. This time in Luton, just north of London. A hospital worker arriving at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital discovered a box outside the hospital doors to contain five cats.

Despite the cats appearing to be well, with the weather closing in they would most certainly have died had they not been found.


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The hospital worker contacted the RSPCA and the Society sprang into action. First on the scene was inspector Melanie Fisher. She was unimpressed.

Speaking to the ITV news team, she said, “These cats were abandoned in a box outside the hospital early on Monday morning. Thankfully they are all in good condition and have obviously been well looked after previously. They are socialised and nice and friendly but sadly someone has left them behind.”

In what appears almost to be a mocking apology, the person who dumped the animals wrote “Merry Xmas” on the outside of the box.

Owner to be questioned

The search is on to find the owner. The RSPCA has asked anyone who recognises the cats to come forward.

The charity is appealing for information. If a member of the public saw anyone acting suspiciously or carrying a large box in the vicinity of the hospital between 7am and 8am on Monday outside the hospital they should get in touch.

Meanwhile, the Society will attempt to rehome the cats. They are a two-year-old tabby and white called Elle, which is thought to be the mother of the kittens, a one-year-old tabby female Dee and three kittens: Amber, Penny and Lance.

We understand that people’s circumstances can change which might mean they can no longer care for their pets,” said Ms Fisher, “but dumping an animal is never the answer. Luckily, these cats were found by a kind member of the public and are now being cared for by the Bedfordshire South branch of the RSPCA.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.