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‘Terrified’ cat lost in East Ham building site after being abandoned

PUBLISHED: 13:50 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:59 04 August 2016

The six abandoned kittens    Picture: Celia Hammond Animal Trust

The six abandoned kittens Picture: Celia Hammond Animal Trust

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An animal charity is appealing for the owner of an abandoned cat to come forward after it left its kittens to flee into a construction site.

The construction site in Barking Road into which the mother cat fled     Picture: Celia Hammond Animal TrustThe construction site in Barking Road into which the mother cat fled Picture: Celia Hammond Animal Trust

The Celia Hammond Animal Trust was told that a box containing six kittens and their mother had been dumped outside the RSPCA charity shop in Barking Road, East Ham, at about 9am this morning.

A passerby appears to have then looked inside the box and, while doing so, given the mother cat a chance to run towards East Ham Town Hall and into a building site.

“The cat is obviously terrified,” Celia Hammond said. “What we need now is the owner to come along and call for her, because she isn’t responding to us.”

She added: “Whoever left these cats must have been desperate and was only trying to help them, we understand that.”

Celia added that if the owner does not come forward, the cat will be in danger in the site – and may even get pregnant again.

“She’s going to go straight back into heat and have more kittens,” she said. “It’s terrible.”

The trust helped rescue 120 cats during the construction of the Olympic Park site in Stratford and so has experience of working in building sites.

“We’ve got hard hats and can search the place, but what we really need is the owner’s help,” Celia said.

Celia added that the cat should have been neutered – a procedure her trust provides – and advises other cat owners to make use of the service.

The six kittens, meanwhile, are healthy.

To help, call 020 7474 8811.


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