THREE female black cats have been found dumped in a cardboard box at a lay-by in Perthshire without food or water.
The dehydrated cats were taken into the care of the Scottish SPCA on Tuesday after being discovered by a member of the public in a distressed state at the side of the A9 at Pitlochry.
An SSPCA spokeswoman said: “The three cats were dumped in a Perthshire lay-by inside a cardboard box. A member of the public handed the female black cats into the charity’s Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre on Tuesday after discovering them at the side of the A9 in Pitlochry. They have been named Lisa, Edna and Betty.”
Chief Inspector Brain Cowing said: “All the cats were very nervous and dehydrated, which is understandable given the high temperatures we experienced on Tuesday. While the box had air holes, it would have been incredibly hot inside and they had no food or water available.
“Whoever dumped them had no regard for their welfare and we are keen to identify the person responsible. We’ll soon be seeking loving homes for Lisa, Edna and Betty where they’ll receive the care they deserve.”
The SSPCA spokeswoman added: “Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”