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Dumped kittens found in trash by Littlehampton binmen
Five tiny kittens narrowly escaped death after being dumped in a rubbish bin.
Binmen discovered the four-week-old animals while working in Manor House car park in Littlehampton yesterday morning.
One worker lifted the bin lid, heard something and then found the kittens under a pile of rubbish.
They were taken to Arun District Council’s civic offices in Maltravers Road where staff tried to warm them up.
Council contracts officer Maggie Ledger, who helped bring the kittens in, said: “They looked very cold, and were dirty and overrun with fleas.
“It was a very cold night and if they had been in the bins all that time, it is amazing that they survived.”
The kittens have been taken to Fitzalan Vets in Littlehampton. Four are now eating on their own, while the fifth has been put on oxygen.
A spokeswoman for Fitzalan Vets said: “This discovery shows just how important it is for people to check their bins for animals, especially at this time of year.
“I would urge businesses which have larger, commercial bins to be particularly vigilant.”
Jenny Wells, manager of the RSPCA rehoming centre in Patcham, said they were currently inundated with cats and kittens needing new homes.
She said: “It is obviously upsetting when people decide to abandon animals like this and leave them to their own devices.
“We are seeing a growing number of animals being abandoned and this is partly because people say they cannot afford to keep them.
“Owners and make sure their pets are neutered or spayed. We can help people on low incomes when it comes to the cost so there is no excuse.”