Kitten dies after being dumped in Stevenage woods

10 January, 2018 - 14:24
Fozzy after she was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCA

Fozzy after she was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCA

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The RSPCA has today appealed for information after three kittens were dumped in a Stevenage woodland – with one of them dying of hypothermia.

Fozzy, who was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCAFozzy, who was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCA

The kittens were abandoned in two separate incidents, with the first of the three being found in St Nicholas Park on December 6.

The black three-month-old cat, now named Fozzy, was found off Cherwell Drive by a dog walker whose pet sniffed out the frightened kitten inside a cramped pet carrier meant for guinea pigs.

Fozzy was covered in faeces and had badly matted fur. Her neglected state had caused a nasty ulcer on her tail, and vets thought the tiny animal might lose her tail altogether.

The dog walker who found Fozzy took her to Roebuck Vets in the Great Ashby area of Stevenage, where staff then contacted the RSPCA.

Fozzy is still receiving care from the vets, who have been looking after her since she was found.

Fozzy the cat, who was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCAFozzy the cat, who was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCA

Hazel Martin from Roebuck Vets said: “We were really worried about her, but she’s got a little bit of fight in her. She’s lucky to be alive as she was very underweight and had a very sore tail, but we were hopeful she would pull through.

“It’s a miracle she managed to keep her tail as it was completely ulcerated and some of the skin was coming off. With treatment, however, we have managed to save the tail with just a penny-sized scab left now.

“Fozzy has come on leaps and bounds. She can still be a little timid but is very friendly, so we are hopeful she will find a home soon and get her happy ending.”

Since Fozzy was found, two more kittens from a different litter have been found in a similar spot in the woodland.

The two one-month-old kittens were found by a passer-by on Saturday. They were very hypothermic and, sadly, one of them died on the way to the vets.

Brenda the cat, who was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCABrenda the cat, who was found abandoned in Stevenage. Picture: RSPCA

The other, a small kitten now called Brenda, survived and is now being cared for by the same vets in Great Ashby.

There is no CCTV in the area, so the RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information on how the kittens came to be abandoned to contact the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

The kittens are still recovering and are not available for rehoming yet. If you’re interesting in rehoming one of the many cats and kittens in RSPCA care, see rspca.org.uk/findapet.

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