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Kittens taped in box found in dumpster

By Randy Hanson Forum News Service HUDSON, Wis. -- In her 40 years of working in animal control, the incident Kathi Pelnar responded to last week ranks as one of the most cruel. Pelnar, the animal control officer for the city of Hudson, received ...

By Randy Hanson

Forum News Service

 

HUDSON, Wis.  -- In her 40 years of working in animal control, the incident Kathi Pelnar responded to last week ranks as one of the most cruel.

Pelnar, the animal control officer for the city of Hudson, received a call from a man who found three kittens taped inside a cardboard box and left in a dumpster at a retail building. It’s apparently the second such incident in recent weeks.

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“My understanding is that he was throwing something in the dumpster and heard them crying. (He) saw this box in there and picked up the box and gave it a little shake and they freaked out,” Pelnar said.

When the man, an employee of a property management company, was able to open the box, one of the dark-colored, long-haired kittens dashed away.

He was able to keep two of the kittens from running off.

“They were alive. They were healthy. And they were friendly,” reported Pelnar, who took the kittens to the Animal Humane Society in Woodbury, Minn. Hudson contracts with the Humane Society to take the city’s stray and abandoned pets.

It’s also apparently not the first incident, according to Hudson resident Angela Fellrath, who said on her Facebook page that  it’s the second time in recent weeks that a box of kittens has been found in a dumpster on the south side of Interstate 94 in Hudson.

Pelnar said the kittens in the latest incident appear to be about eight weeks old. One of them is a long-haired, black female. The other is a black and gray tabby. She assumes the missing kitten is similar in appearance.

“It was just one of those infuriating things. With so many places that would take them, and so many options out there, to do that was, to me, extremely cruel,” said Pelnar.

She said the box was completely wrapped in shipping tape.

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“I don’t know how those poor kittens could breathe,” she said, adding that they had no bedding, food or water, and were “tossed in the dumpster like they were trash.”

“The stuff that I’ve seen would just tear your heart out,” Pelnar said, wishing that everyone would think of animals as living things.

“They may not speak the way we do. They may not do things the way we do. But they have feelings and they hurt just like we do,” she said. “And to leave them in a trash bin to be crushed by a compactor or to freeze or starve to death -- that’s just wrong, morally wrong.”

Pelner said there are any number of organizations that will assist people in finding homes for their unwanted pets.

The Humane Society charges a fee that goes toward its operational expenses, she said, but the organization will work with people who can’t afford to pay the fee.

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