Cats and kittens dumped in Stoke Newington
PUBLISHED: 17:04 21 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:45 21 August 2016
Nine cats have been found abandoned in an industrial yard in Hackney.
Neighbours rallied to look after the dumped animals, six of which were kittens, by bringing them food and water while they waited for the RSPCA to arrive.
The cats were found in the yard of Eagle Tyres in Amhurst Road by passers-by this afternoon.
Elliot Stew, who lives in neighbouring Shacklewell Lane, bought trays of wet cat food for the animals, but at least one kitten was seen still suckling from its mother.
The 23-year-old told the Gazette: “Someone said there were abandoned kittens at the top of the road and we thought we would check it out.
“I’m not really a big fan of cats – I wouldn’t have one myself – but it’s not nice to see them stranded.”
Other onlookers brought dishes of water for the nine cats, who appeared to have been dumped in a plastic cat-carrier.
There is no suggestion Eagle Tyres is connected to the animals. Under British law there is no specific offence of abandoning a cat, but pet owners have a legal duty to ensure their animals’ welfare.