Kitten left to die in dumpster finds new life | WTAJ

Posted on Aug 12, 2020 / 04:51 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 / 4:51 p.m. EDT

ALTOONA, PA (WTAJ) – A Facebook post on Sunday night featured a newborn kitten that had just been rescued from an Altoona dumpster.

Shanna Pratt, the woman who wrote the post, says her close friends who work for Burgmeier’s Hauling find this a recurring problem.

“People just come by with the cats and think they can eat the leftovers and there are warm places to hide,” said Pratt, “they just take them there so they don’t have to worry about them. “

This isn’t the first newborn kitten Pratt rescued from the trash, either.

Five months ago, Pratt’s friends found another cat in the dump. Barely alive, Pratt nursed him back to health and named him Lucky, only to eventually adopt him.

The female kitten found over the weekend was the only survivor of a litter who was put in a box and thrown in a dumpster with her mother, who was also deceased. All of the kittens were only a few days old.

Kittens died in Altoona

Pratt says the kitten is one of the few trash collectors still alive.

“You get quite a few who don’t make it. The guys there must have hearts of gold, but they all properly bury them, they don’t just let them go, ”said Pratt.

Pratt says this problem is likely due to owners who cannot afford to neuter their cats. When the litter comes they don’t know what to do, so throw them out.

The best solution, says Pratt, is to ask the clinics to work out an affordable price for neutering your animals and take the litters to a shelter or clinic.

If you need help with a litter, contact the Central PA Humane Society.

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