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PUBLISHED: 09:32 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

LUCKY FIVE: The five cats safe and well after their ordeal

LUCKY FIVE: The five cats safe and well after their ordeal

FIVE cats used at least one of their nine lives up when they were dumped on a Lowestoft street on one of the coldest nights of the year.

The cruel and callous act left the underweight animals fighting for their survival and were saved from a "horrible death" thanks to them being spotted by a passer by.

FIVE cats used at least one of their nine lives up when they were dumped on a Lowestoft street on one of the coldest nights of the year.

The cruel and callous act left the underweight animals fighting for their survival and were saved from a “horrible death” thanks to them being spotted by a passer by.

As temperatures plummeted and heavy snowfalls covered north Suffolk the cats, believed to be a mother and four of her kittens, were left cramped together in a tiny cat carrier in the Beresford Road area of Lowestoft, on Friday.

When they were discovered on Saturday morning they were extremely cold and there were fears that some may not survive.

They were taken to the veterinary surgery at High Street before being collected by members of the Waveney-based charity Country Cat Shelter.

Sandra Peache, of the charity, said: “The cats were in a carrier that measured 16in x 11in and were very cramped. I can only think it was their body heat that kept them alive in such a small space as it was a very cold night.

“The poor things were covered in urine and faeces and were cold, full of worms, and somewhat underweight.”

Since being in the care of the Country Cat Shelter all five are making a recovery.

“The cats are lovely and so friendly, especially when you consider the ordeal they have been through.

“We believe there is a mother, two kittens, approximately six-month's-old, and two kittens about three month's old,” said Ms Peache.

The charity is arranging for all five cats to be blood tested as well as having all the necessary vaccinations.

“It is hard to imagine how someone can be so callous as to dump five cats on a street like that. Because of the freezing temperatures whoever dumped them must have known they may not survive.

“Thanks to a kind-hearted member of the public and the work of the vets and us the cats were saved from a horrible death,” said Ms Peache.

Members of the charity are now looking for loving homes for the animals.

Anyone interested in providing a home or making a donation towards their care can telephone 01508 548950 or 01502 574562.

The charity has seen an increase in the number of cats coming under their care recently.

“In the last couple of weeks just from Lowestoft alone we have taken into care two separate kitten strays, three unwanted kittens and their mum, plus these latest five.

“Is this a desperate circumstance of the credit crunch or just irresponsible behaviour?” asks Mrs Peache.

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