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Rescuers Rip Open Boxes Shut Tight with Tape, Find 11 Cats Left for Dead Trapped Inside

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On Jan. 11, a woman named Wendy was on her way home after work when she saw some suspicious-looking packages lining a brick wall in an alleyway in Stratford, London. The boxes were sealed shut with a concerning amount of packing tape, which was odd.

As she continued to walk by, she thought she heard a sound, so she turned back to investigate. She contacted a local rescue group after realizing the noise coming from the boxes sounded a lot like a cat meow.

Since the alley was close to a busy road and the rescuers weren’t sure of the condition of the cats, they made air holes in the boxes so the cats could breathe until they could be transported to a contained space and freed from their cardboard prisons.

A video of the unboxing made it to the Facebook page of the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, which was the group responsible for picking up the boxes and their precious contents.

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In the video, a woman used a butter knife to cut through the tape, trying to work quickly but also being careful not to hurt the creatures inside. As the four boxes were opened, rescuers found 11 sad cats staring back at them.

The 9 young cats and 2 adults did not appear feral, and while they were underfed and had to be treated for fleas, it seemed like they had been handled at some point and were cautious but not overly skittish.

“We can only assume the intention was for them to die as surely everybody knows animals need to be able to breathe to survive,” the group wrote on Jan. 15. “The boxes cannot have been there very long as without oxygen our vets estimate they probably wouldn’t have lived more than an hour or two.”

“One really strange thing is that these cats are really friendly and have clearly once been loved, handled and cuddled — what on earth would drive an apparently loving owner to do something so terrible? Perhaps it was a family member or neighbour who hated the cats enough to do this.”

After getting some TLC, the cats are doing well. Many people have inquired about adopting them, and the group is hoping to adopt them out in pairs since they’re all so close with one another.

“The cats are doing well,” a post from Jan. 18 reads. “Once they had recovered from their shock they have turned out to be friendly and like being stroked.”

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“They have all been treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated. Our vets are neutering and microchipping them prior to them be ready for new homes.”

“The cats are doing well and are getting better every day,” the group shared on Jan. 27. “The help you have all given has been absolutely amazing and is so very much appreciated. It really is good to know that are so many people out there who support our rescue work.”

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
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English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking