WATCH ABOVE: There was a close call for two cats in St. Albert Wednesday morning. Their owner left them in a sealed bin outside an animal hospital with a note saying he could no longer care for them.
EDMONTON — The manager of a St. Albert animal hospital says two cats are very lucky to be alive after they were found in a plastic bin that was duct taped shut outside the facility Wednesday morning.
Debra Briton with Mission Ridge Animal Hospital says a man came upon the bin while he was driving through the parking lot. When he stopped to see what it was, there was a note on top of the bin that said there were two cats inside that the owner could no longer care for.
“The bin had no air holes, it was duct taped together, so there’s no way that the cats could have gotten out, which is really quite alarming,” said Briton.
There were two cats in the bin; one was an older black cat, the other was a younger multi-coloured cat named Fluffy.
“The cats were very distressed and frantic,” said Briton. “When we opened up the lid we could just feel the heat radiating out from inside of it.
They were panting a little bit and they both were covered in urine. They both were very stressed.”
The cats were taken inside and given food, water and some time to settle down. They were both checked out by a doctor and were physically okay, but Briton couldn’t help but wonder what might have happened to them had the man passing by not seen the bin.
“If it had been a hot summer day like we were having previously the chances of those cats surviving in that tub for very long were very slim,” she said. “I’m sure that this person didn’t really mean any harm to come to their cats, it just wasn’t a very well thought out plan.”
Briton says the animal hospital will monitor the cats for the next few days and then try to find them suitable homes.
Briton encourages anyone who can no longer care for their animal to take it to an animal shelter, clinic or hospital.