On Thursday, a Florida animal shelter berated people who choose to abandon their unwanted pets, rather than get them to a shelter. The angry Facebook post followed the discovery of a kitten who had been tied up in a pillowcase, placed in a box, and dumped outside of the Orange County Animal Services facility.
The post explains how the kitten was found:
It doesn’t seem to matter what we say, this continues to happen. For a third time in less than a month, our staff has found a kitten in a box, abandoned at our doors. Conroy (A489076) was found inside a tied pillowcase that was placed into a box and unceremoniously dumped at our entrance. We don’t know how long he’d been there. We do know it rained most of the night. When staff finally got him out, he was understandably upset and terrified.
Explaining why getting a pet TO a shelter, but not safely inside, is unacceptable:
We’re not sure why people continue to do this, but we’re asking our community to stop. It takes minutes to bring an animal in. Abandoning an animal like this, especially babies, is an act of cruelty.
Conroy is safe and he will be cared for until a good home can be found – but the way he was left at the animal services facility is unacceptable and should never happen. The shelter said:
Make no mistake, dumping an animal, tying one to our fences, cutting one loose in our parking lot; these are all inhumane acts.
You’re not saving a life.
You’re just throwing one away.