Images courtesy of RSPCA South Australia.
RSPCA South Australia is seeking public help to find the person or persons who put an elderly cat inside a cardboard box inside zip-tied garbage bag and left it beside Gorge Road in Millbrook.
The owners of the 15-year-old desexed male cat were able to be traced because their cat was microchipped. The cat, named Stitch, went missing from their Paradise property approximately three months ago. The owners have reported hearing a car’s doors slamming outside their property at around the time their cat disappeared.
SA Police officers found the cat by chance while on patrol at 6pm on Monday evening. They noticed a garbage bag inside a cardboard box, which had been left on the side of Gorge Road heading towards Cudlee Creek, and about 600 metres before the intersection with Torrens Hill Road. On closer inspection, they realised the bag contained a live animal.
Clearly traumatised by his ordeal, the cat is also severely underweight and has an infected wound on his stomach. This friendly-natured cat is now in RSPCA South Australia’s care as his owners have surrendered him due to personal circumstances. The owners are not suspects in this case.
RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis said the dumping of a live animal in a remote location where it was unlikely to be found demonstrates a level of cruelty that should concern everyone.
“There is nothing in this situation to indicate this person or persons wanted this animal to survive,” Ms Lewis said.
“They must have been aware that their actions had a high likelihood of causing this old cat a slow, terrifying and agonising death.
“When there are so many humane options available to people with unwanted animals, you have to ask what kind of person would do this.
“Animals are sentient creatures – they are not garbage. The cruelty is deeply shocking.
“If you have an animal you can no longer care for, please find them a new loving home or surrender them to a reputable animal welfare organisation such as RSPCA.”
Abandoning an animal is an offence under South Australia’s Animal Welfare Act, and anyone found guilty of such offence can face up to 2 years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine.
Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is urged to contact RSPCA on 1300 4 777 22.