By Jennifer Pignolet
and Steve Grazier
MEDINA — A dozen cats and newborn kittens were abandoned in sealed cardboard boxes Friday morning outside the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals building.
The 12 felines, including six newborn kittens, were left for an unknown amount of time in three cardboard boxes with the tops taped shut, SPCA Humane Officer Mary Jo Johnson said. There was no note or information regarding who dropped off the cats.
“It kind of blew our mind when we got here just before 8 a.m.,” Johnson said Friday. “The cats all seem happy but are thin.”
They are all flea-infested, she said, and the older cats have upper respiratory infections.
Johnson said they are “pretty sick” but “resting comfortably.”
After they are nursed back to health and spayed and neutered, she said, they will be up for adoption. For the kittens and their mother, that will be almost eight weeks.
Holes were poked in the box tops, Johnson said, but they were small and did not penetrate through the cardboard.
Surveillance video shows a woman dropping off the boxes in the morning, Johnson said, possibly between 5 and 6 a.m.
The woman is described as being in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-6 and weighing about 160 pounds. Johnson said she had blond hair in a ponytail and was wearing a sweatshirt. She reportedly was driving a small, four-door compact sedan, possibly gold in color, and entered the driveway from South Medina Street.
One male cat was in each of the two boxes, Johnson said, and the other 10, including the mother and six kittens that are about 3 days old, were in the last box.
“She taped them into a box without food and water and left them,” Johnson said. The boxes were sealed so tightly that even the SPCA workers had a hard time opening them, she said.
Johnson said they were “shocked” the kittens survived the cold weather, because their box was placed on the ground. The SPCA has a note on the door telling people it is illegal to dump animals there, Johnson said.
She said animal abandonment appears to be increasing in Medina County.
“This was the fourth time in the past three months we’ve had a dog or cats left outside our door,” she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the office at (330) 723-7722.
Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or email@example.com.