Some of the kittens were estimated to be around six-weeks-old when they were abandoned (credit: RSPCA) The RSPCA is appealing for information after two kittens were left in a box outside a florist in Seven Kings.
It is the third time this year that kittens have been abandoned outside Petals Florists, in Meads Lane, on a Saturday morning.
Each time they were trapped inside a cardboard box, which was covered with a plastic shopping bag.
One kitten escaped during the most recent incident after a member of the public disturbed the box. It has been missing since Saturday, 24 October.
The remaining kitten was rescued by the owner of the shop, Lukshmi, who named her Leia and kept her safe until the RSPCA could collect her.
Lukshmi has been searching the local area to find the second kitten and has asked local residents to keep an eye out. Lukshmi helped care for the kittens until the RSPCA arrived (credit: RSPCA) The first incident happened in February. Four tabby kittens, estimated to be six-weeks-old, were found inside a box outside the store.
The RSPCA took them to the Harmsworth Animal Hospital before later transferring them into the care of their Asheford, Tenterden & District Branch. All four were eventually re-homed.
A further three tabby kittens were again abandoned outside the shop in August. They were taken into the care of the RSPCA’s Friern Barnet branch and are now with people who will adopt them.
“I am really concerned that kittens are being abandoned at the same location and as the kittens all look very similar it is likely they are being abandoned by the same person,” said RSPCA animal rescuer, Siobhan Trinnaman.
“I am also concerned that there could be another kitten which escaped. If anyone has any information regarding another kitten we would urge them to get in touch with us. We would ask people in the local area to please keep an eye out and perhaps look in small spaces in case this kitten has decided to take shelter and hide there.
“We are grateful to the florist for all her help in contacting us when this happens, it must be really upsetting to keep having kittens left at her location – and to not know why their shop is the one where it keeps happening. Four kittens found abandoned outside the store in February (credit: RSPCA) “I also have a message for the person who keeps leaving these kittens – no matter what the reason, abandoning an animal alone and in a situation like this is never okay. There is no guarantee that an abandoned animal will be found or not become hurt or lost.
“If someone is struggling to cope there are lots of charities who could help and we would urge you to ask for help.”
Anyone who has information about the location of the kittens is asked to contact her by calling the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018. For more on this story, and the latest on our other local and national […]
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