Cats abandoned in carrier next to dumpster, left in heat without food or water

Posted at 8:52 AM, Jul 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-14 14:28:07-04

Crowded in a small pet carrier and left in the hot sun next to a dumpster, three cats were abandoned in the parking lot of a Blasdell cat shelter.

A representative from Ten Lives Club said three cats were found on Sunday night by chance by an employee who happened to stop in for a moment. "Had I not shown up at that time the morning staff would have come to work at 9 a.m. Monday and surely they would have been all dead," said Marie Edwards of the Ten Lives club, referring to the cat rescue's closure on weekends.

The cats were left without food or water outside in the heat. There were no notes, phone calls or emails indicating that the cats were left outside. 

Edwards says this is a case of animal abandonment, which is a crime, "We want the public to realize that even though we are a cat shelter, do not leave animals as such." 

She says this isn't the first case of animal abandonment at the Ten Lives Club. The organization is now asking for the public's help to spread the message about not leaving animals and hoping people will find them; they're also asking for donations to cover veterinarian bills for the cats, as well as funds to purchase security cameras.