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The USPCA Animal Hospital in Newry is keen to remind members of the public of the consequences of their actions in relation to pets after a recent incident saw three kittens left in a bag at the side of the road.

The little kitten pictured, along with its two siblings were heartlessly placed in a bag and dumped at the side of the road - in immediate danger from passing traffic. The USPCA team was devastated that two of the kittens had already passed away when found but the remaining kitten was brought into the Charity's care where the veterinary team did everything in their power to help it. 

This kitten received extensive injuries after being left at the side of the road.
This kitten received extensive injuries after being left at the side of the road.

Unfortunately, it appeared that the kitten had been struck by traffic and suffered incredibly severe injuries including a shattered pelvis and a broken leg (see highlighted area). This was an extensive injury and the kitten wouldn't have been able to survive. The USPCA is urging the public to make sure they understand the full depths of care required for a pet and to ensure that their existing pets are neutered to stop unwanted litters - this is responsible pet ownership. 

An X ray of the kitten showing a shattered pelvis and a broken leg
An X ray of the kitten showing a shattered pelvis and a broken leg

Colleen Tinnelly, USPCA Development Manager, said, “First and foremost, we really urge the public to ensure their cat is neutered to stop unwanted litters of kittens, as failing to do so results in tragic cases like this. In addition to neutering, it’s also vitally important that people are aware of the care requirements needed for young kittens. 

“Cats are natural born roamers so you will want to ensure they are microchipped – in the event that they go missing this could play a key role in you being reunited with them. Vaccinations are also vital at a young age to protect their health and give them the best start in life. Aside from this, ensuring that you have enough space in your home along with appropriate bedding and safety precautions in place is really important. Researching the ins and outs of cats and their behaviours will go a long way in ensuring it’s the right pet for you.

"We do recognise that there is an amazingly strong community of animal lovers here in Northern Ireland and we can't thank you enough for your support. Unfortunately, instances like this highlight that there are still many heartless individuals out there. No animal deserves to be left at the side of the road", added Colleen. 

For more information on the USPCA please visit www.uspca.co.uk 

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