A Surrey, B.C. animal shelter dealt with not one but two disturbing cases of animal mistreatment in the week.
A worker at the Surrey Animal Resource Centre found a black box closed with electrical tape in front of the centre around 6:30 a.m. last Sunday. Inside the box were two black kittens wrapped up in a blanket.
Surveillance cameras show that someone pulling up in an SUV around 1 a.m. and sprinting out of the car to drop off the box. The person is seen wearing a white hooded sweater, pulled up to hide his or her face, and red or dark pink pants.
That means the kittens had been in sub-zero temperatures for several hours.
Regardless of the pet owner's situation, City of Surrey Bylaw Business Operations Manager Kim Marosevich called the abandonment "a rotten thing to do."
“I can’t fathom what in someone’s mind put that into a sequence of events that was okay," she told The Huffington Post B.C. in a phone interview. "It’s disheartening.”
The kittens, nicknamed after "Frozen" characters Olaf and Sven, are doing fine now — but Marosevich says they are quite lucky.
“Animals can freeze to death just like we can,” she said. “Yes, they are wearing little fur coats. But if it’s cold, bring your animals inside.”
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It has been a crummy few weeks for the Surrey Animal Resource Centre.
On Nov. 27, a woman surrendered a 12-week-old kitten covered in three colours of nail polish.
The story behind it is unclear since the owner did not provide details, but Marosevich thinks a child was trying to paint the kitten’s toenails. She suspects the kitten reacted badly to the idea, and as a result the child got angry and dumped the bottles of nail polish on the kitten.
“A cat is a living animal," she told HuffPost B.C. "It’s not a doll. It’s not a toy. It’s not something that you can manhandle that way. A cat has feelings."
The kitten, nicknamed Mr. Sparkles, is currently being fostered by Marosevich. The team will be pursuing an investigation with the SPCA since it falls under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.