November 24, 2014

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Police seek info on dozen kittens left outside in sealed container

Twelve kittens were left outside the door of a Brunswick animal clinic early Friday morning. Police are looking for who is responsible. The kittens will be available for adoption soon. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Twelve kittens were left outside the door of a Brunswick animal clinic early Friday morning. Police are looking for who is responsible. The kittens will be available for adoption soon. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

BRUNSWICK — Police are looking for information on who left 12 kittens outside in a sealed container early Friday morning.

The kittens were left at the Brunswick Animal Hospital on Friday morning in a Rubbermaid container that was taped shut.

Brunswick Animal Control Officer Michael Kellums said the person or people responsible could be charged with animal abandonment.

“I know they took them to a place that would offer care, but it’s still abandonment,” he said. “Something could have happened to them, or it could have been too long before someone arrived to offer care.”

Kellums said the kittens likely belong to two different litters and are between 4 and 5 weeks old. He said the Rubbermaid container had “Kittens, please help” written on it.

“It also had labels for bathroom fixtures and Christmas decorations,” Kellums said. “We think someone just went and grabbed a box out of their garage.”

Kellums said the kittens are all doing fine and seem healthy. All the kittens are able to eat on their own. The larger ones will be available for adoption in about a week and the smaller ones should be available soon after that.

Kellums said the Animal Hospital will continue to take care of the kittens for now because there is a waiting list for cats at the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“There’s no place to take cats right now,” Kellums said. “That may have forced these people to do what they did and panic.”

In appealing for information from the public, Kellums said he hopes to find those responsible for leaving the kittens behind and also to raise awareness. Contact Kellums at (330) 225-9111 or email him at mkellums@brunswick.oh.us.

“If you have animals you need to place somewhere else, you need to have patience,” he said. “Contact animal control or your local shelter and veterinarians, because it’s against the law to just leave them somewhere.”

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or at lgenson@medina-gazette.com. Follow her on Twitter @lorengenson.