CCTV captures person dumping cat and kitten on doorstep of rescue centre

The RSPCA is investigating after two cats were found abandoned outside an animal centre.

The charity is appealing for information after CCTV showed the cats - an adult female and her 10-week-old kitten - being dumped on the doorstep at RSPCA York Animal Home in Landing Lane, York, at 7.30pm on 27 January. 

A spokesperson from the centre, said: “When our staff arrived at work on 28 January they found the two kittens left on the doorstep in a plastic pet carrier. They’d been out all night in the cold. 

“They were both initially very nervous but have now settled in well and are being well looked after by our staff and volunteers.

“We checked our CCTV which shows someone pulling up outside in a white car before getting out, bringing the carrier to the doorstep, putting it down and then running off. They had their hood up so we don’t have a clear view of their face.”


The cats - Cora and Machli - have been seen by the vet and are in good condition. They’re now getting lots of TLC from staff and will soon be looking for new homes. 

Inspector Claire Mitchell is now investigating. She said: “Times have been tough and we know that some families are struggling to take care of their pets. However it isn’t acceptable to abandon cats like this, especially in the evening when the rescue centre was closed, and these cats could easily have been hurt or fallen ill. 

“We understand that circumstances change and sometimes people have to make really difficult decisions about their pets. However we’d urge pet owners who might be finding it difficult to care for their pets to ask for help. 

“I’d be keen to hear from anyone who might recognise this person or car, or who recognises the cats or knows where they came from, to get in touch with us by calling our inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

To help towards the care of Cora, Machli and the other cats at York Animal Home please visit to donate. 

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care this winter please Join the Rescue and donate online or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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