Seventeen kittens abandoned outside Donegal butcher's shop

Some of the kittens abandoned in Killybegs.
Seamus McKinney

ANIMAL welfare activists have appealed to the owner of 17 kittens abandoned outside a butcher’s shop in Co Donegal to come forward.

The kittens, which gardaí believe come from up to four litters, were found in Killybegs. The discovery was made by a postal worker as she made her deliveries on Wednesday morning.

Gitte McMullan of Donegal based charity, Animals in Need – which is looking after the kittens - said they were all believed to be around two weeks-old.

“We were worried about one of them and we didn’t expect it to live but it’s doing well today,” McMullan said.

The animal welfare worker said many of the kittens were suffering from dehydration and infections around their eyes but all appeared to be thriving after receiving treatment at the Animals in Need centre.

CCTV footage showed a man leaving the kittens in a box outside the butcher’s shop in Killybegs around 5am on Wednesday.

Ms McMullan said it was vital that the owner of the animals came forward.

“At first we thought it might have been a farmer but we think now it might have been a hoarder who had too many kittens. If that’s the case, the cats will get pregnant again and the same thing will happen in a few weeks. That’s why it’s so important that we contact whoever left the kittens there,” she said.

Ms McMullan said Animals in Need would continue to care for the kittens for the next six weeks and would then seek homes for them. She appealed for anyone who could help care for the kittens to get in touch.

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