ANIMAL welfare officers have reacted with anger after a tiny kitten was found tied with a piece of old bailing twine to a dog crate.
The kitten, who has been named Hope, had been tied with twine to her cat collar and then to a dog crate, which could have caused severe injury if she tried to escape.
Officers at RSPCA Chesterfield Animal Centre took in the 10-week-old moggie, found by a resident in Hasland, Chesterfield, and matched her up with a loving new home.
Centre manager Richard Woodwards said: “In the 10 years I have been a manager at the centre, I have never come across an incident like this.
“It was really dangerous to have tied a cat up with a piece of string, she could have easily got caught up in it, or worse still jumped around and got it stuck on her neck.
“It really is a stupid thing to do to tie a cat up like a dog, we are just extremely grateful she was found and had not suffered injuries as a result of someone’s thoughtless actions.
“Hope has proved to be a most adventurous and mischievous kitten. She stayed in my office for a few days and she was jumping around everywhere!”
Mr Woodwards said the centre is bursting at the seams with abandoned cats and is struggling to take in more.
He currently has 28 cats in the centre, a further 17 in foster care, and three in private boarding.
To find new homes for the cats the Spital Lane centre is now staying open until 7pm on Wednesdays.
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