Two days-old kittens found stuffed into a plastic bag and abandoned in a Vancouver dumpster have died, despite efforts to treat them.
The newborns were suffering from hypothermia and dehydration when they were discovered in a trash bin inside a secured parking area at 1040 Pacific Street on April 19.
The BC SPCA was alerted by a passerby who heard sounds coming from the bin. The animals were rushed to an emergency clinic and treated but did not survive.
“They were too weak and compromised to survive,” said Eileen Drever, senior officer of protection and stakeholder relations for the BC SPCA.
“This is an absolutely heartbreaking case, where two innocent animals were thrown out like trash to die.”
Drever notes that the kittens were tied inside a plastic shopping bag that ironically read “Love You.”
The animal welfare agency is now asking for the public’s help to solve the case and find the person or people responsible.
“Animals are not disposable and there is no reason to cause an animal suffer and die in such an unnecessary and inhumane way,” said Drever.
Abandoning an animal is against the law and the person responsible could face criminal charges.