Cat and kittens found dumped in cardboard box
Flip and Flop
Sandal was dumped in a cardboard box near Ormiston with her two kittens (above).
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a cat and her two kittens were found dumped in a cardboard box in East Lothian.
Scotland's animal welfare charity was alerted by a vet after a member of the public spotted the distressed cats outside Inglis Grain Driers Ltd in Ormiston on Saturday morning and handed them in.
The adult female, who is around one year old, and the two male youngsters, around four months old, are now recovering at the charity's Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre. The boys have been named Flip and Flop and their mum is now known as Sandal.
Inspector Emma Phillips said: "These poor cats were understandably quite frightened after their ordeal. Flip and Flop are now coming round and are really friendly little guys but Sandal is still very timid.
"We don't think they could have been outside the factory for too long as they are all in good condition.
"It would appear they have all been well cared for pets until recently and it's very sad that someone has then decided to abandon them.
"Although they were found by a responsible person, whoever dumped them couldn't have been sure of this.
"We would ask anyone who recognises Flip, Flop and Sandal to contact us as soon as possible as we are very keen to trace their owner."
Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Anyone with information about this abandonments is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.
This article appeared in East Lothian Courier 31 Jul 12
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