Cats, kittens left in crate on side of Campbell Co. road to freeze to death, shelter says

(Friends of Campbell County Animal Control)

CAMPBELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- The Friends of Campbell County Animal Control said the county is investigating after a crate full of cats was found in a snowy field Wednesday night.

The shelter said animal control officers got the call that an oversized wire crate, with a dozen cats of varying sizes, was left in a snowy field on Red Oak School Road around 5 p.m.

The caller said the cats were in distress and needed rescue.

Animal Control Officer Labryer said when she got to the scene, she knew that lifesaving measures were needed for several of the cats and kittens.

She said four six-week-old kittens had escaped through the wires, were laying in the snow, and were not moving. Three juvenile cats had also managed to squeeze out of the crate and were in distress. Four adult and two juvenile cats were still in the crate, soaking wet, and shivering.

Officer Labryer called the shelter at 6:15 p.m. asking for volunteers to meet at the shelter with hot water filled bottles, towels, and warmed blankets.

The shelter said volunteers acted quickly when the cats got to them around 7 p.m. and they thawed out and were soon grooming on another, indicated they were going to be okay.

By 8 p.m., the shelter said all indications were good that the cats would survive.

The older cats were logged in to the shelter and set up in warm cages with food, water, blankets, and litter boxes, while the four tinies headed home with a volunteer for the night, for observation and 'tending.'

The shelter said they ate well, used the litter box, and are doing well.

If you have any knowledge of the person or parties responsible for leaving the cats in the crate on the side of the road, call the non-emergency Campbell County dispatch number at 434-592-9574 and ask to leave a message for Animal Control. You may remain anonymous.

All cats will be held for the required seven day hold time, and will then be available for adoption.

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