Look who else got dumped with Garfield (TNP, 14-10-06)
Thanks to Vegancat for sending this in. As I mentioned yesterday two people did write in, which is great!
HE thought it was just a pile of unwanted items left behind after a spring-cleaning.
Dumped on the fifth floor of Block 578 Pasir Ris Street 53 were old clothes, bags, potted plants, household items and toys - including a stuffed Garfield (above).
Then, the fifth-floor resident noticed 12 pairs of eyes staring at him.
Twelve cats crammed into two dirty cages had been abandoned along with the rest of the rubbish.
They were not given food or water, and the cages were filthy with urine and excrement.
'I got a shock! The cats looked so pitiful. Whoever did this is inhumane and irresponsible,' said the man, who declined to be named.
He stumbled upon the cats at around 9pm on Wednesday night when he stepped out of his flat to throw rubbish into the chute on his floor.
He said: 'They didn't make a lot of noise so I didn't realise they were there.
'I spoke to my next-door neighbours. They also didn't know where the things and the cats came from.'
FAECES WERE 'FOSSILISED'
Tuition teacher Florence Leong, 38, who lives in a nearby block, heard about the cats on Thursday morning.
She informed the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and the Cat Welfare Society (CWS).
'It's really bad to have people who are oblivious to the lives around them. Abandoning live cats with old clothes is
sad,' said Madam Leong.
She added that the cats went frantic when they smelt the dry food brought by SPCA at about 1pm on Thursday.
'Who knows how long they have been stuck in the cages and not fed? The cages were badly soiled - I mean, the faeces
She took the cats to a vet. Most of them had skin problems, probably from mites. Five had flu symptoms and two were grossly malnourished.
SPCA executive officer Deirdre Moss said: 'The way the cats were discarded is shameful and appalling.
'They were not only abandoned, but packed into cages with no room to move, subjecting them to stress and suffering. There was absolutely no regard given for their welfare.'
This case surfaced during the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's (AVA) responsible pet ownership campaign, which began on 30 Sep.
Trailers with the message that pets are not toys to be shelved will be shown on TV until the end of next month.
Mr Madhavan Kannan, head of AVA's Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, said: 'Many unwanted pets are unable to adjust to their abandonment - suddenly left to fend for themselves, being exposed to fast moving cars and having to look for their own food.
'They develop health problems like malnutrition, disease and maggot wounds. In short, they suffer.'
Under the Animals and Birds Act, it is an offence to abandon an animal. The maximum penalty is a $10,000 fine and a one-year jail term. The police have confirmed that they are investigating.
Meanwhile, Madam Leong plans to house the cats until owners can be found.
Those interested in adopting any of the cats can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.