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Kitten rescued from tied bin bag

Friday October 1st 2010

A three-month-old kitten has been rescued after being tied up in a plastic bin liner and abandoned in a communal refuse area.

The tiny black tom cat was found by an RSPCA officer after residents heard "miaowing" coming from the bin bag.

The RSPCA said the kitten was in "good health" but shivering and wet when found after being left in a plastic cat carrier box that had been wrapped in the bin bag near flats in Holborn, London.

There had been heavy rain and the cat was sat in a puddle and was likely to have been there for most of the night, a spokeswoman said.

Animal welfare officer Jill Sanders, who found the cat, said: "All I could see when I opened the bag were these two little eyes peering out at me.

"Just to leave the kitten like that is so sad. He was gorgeous and ever so friendly, and there were no signs that he had been badly treated before.

The kitten is being cared for at Harmsworth Animal Hospital in north London and it is hoped he will be rehomed.

The incident comes weeks after Mary Bale, from Coventry, was caught on CCTV dumping a cat in a wheelie bin.

The footage sparked outrage and made international headlines, with some animal lovers calling for her death on social networking site Facebook.

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