On September 25, cyclists in the New Forest found two adult cats dumped in pet carriers beside a private home in Burley. The RSPCA is now caring for the cats.
The cats were collected by Jo Blackburn, an RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO): “These poor little cats were dumped by a fence at the side of the road in two very distinctive, grey RAC pet carriers.
“Cyclists who were passing through the area spotted them and we were contacted by a woman who lived nearby.
“It’s thought the cats were dumped sometime between 8am and 10.30am on Sunday and people who live in the area didn’t see or hear anything suspicious during that time.
“I’m hopeful that someone may recognise these cats or the carriers they were abandoned inside.
“Anyone who knows anything about where they’ve come from or how they ended up here should get in touch with the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018.”
The male cats, one black and one black-and-white who was wearing a pink, flowery collar, were taken to the RSPCA’s Ashley Heath Centre in Ringwood.
The cats, now named Lord and Monty – after the New Forest’s famous Montagu family – are now being cared for by staff and, if not claimed by an owner, will be rehomed.