Two kittens, held by the scruff of their necks, were recently lowered into a garbage can and abandoned.
The can was outside Spay & Neuter Kansas City, which this week shared a video of the man abandoning the kittens to its Facebook page. The kittens were left at the organization’s Kansas City location: 1116 E. 59th St.
“This gentleman here put these kittens in our trash can when a person was inside ... this is ILLEGAL,” the group wrote. “We can’t stress this enough. It’s abandonment.”
Abandoning animals without making provisions for their adequate care is a misdemeanor in Missouri.
Some commenting about the incident on Facebook expressed outrage at the man’s actions.
“This is sickening!” one person wrote.
Another wrote: “The way this man was carrying these precious babies..makes me so angry! Evil!”
However, others expressed relief that the man dropped the kittens off at a pet-oriented organization rather than disposing of them in a less humane way.
Spay & Neuter Kansas City is not an animal shelter. Kansas City shelters such as Wayside Waifs and KC Pet Project allow people to “surrender” their pets for a small fee, ranging from as little as $20 at KC Pet Project to $75 to abandon a litter of puppies or kittens at Wayside Waifs.
Some on Facebook wondered if financial troubles caused the man to abandon the kittens.
“Not everyone has (20 bucks) to spare per kitten,” one person wrote.
David Shapiro, a spokesman for Spay & Neuter Kansas City, said he wasn’t aware of any shelters that accept animals for free.
“It’s unfortunate, definitely, which is why we try not to be upset about people dumping animals on us, and why we encourage people to get in contact with us,” he said by email. “We want people to know that we’ll help them however we can. It’s the same problem we run into with people who don’t have their pets licensed or fixed; they’re afraid they’ll get in trouble, that they’ll be fined. ... But we always want to be a resource for people that don’t feel they have anywhere else to go. We just don’t want kittens in our trash can.”
At the end of its Facebook post, the organization wrote that the abandoned kittens are now in “safe hands.”
Resources at Spay & Neuter Kansas City
The organization, with two locations at 3722 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan., and 1116 E. 59th St. in Kansas City, offers various programs for pet care
▪ Low-cost spay and neuter
▪ Tagging, licensing and chipping of pets for $40-$50
▪ Wellness clinic with services that include: tick prevention, vaccinations, heartworm testing and other services
▪ Families Better Together outreach program, which aims to address pet welfare needs