A BLIND 10-week-old kitten was left to die in a plastic carrier bag in a children’s playground.
Black kitten Oliver was found in the playground in Barry Avenue, Bradville, inside the bag which had the handles tied together to make escape near on impossible.
He was found by a member of the public who was at the playground with their children on February 25. They heard the bag rustling and a faint meow from inside and opened it up to find Oliver.
He was quickly collected by the RSPCA and rushed straight to a vet suffering from badly ulcerated eyes leading from a severe eye infection.
After a thorough examination the vet decided that his eyes could not be saved and they had to be surgically removed.
The operation was carried out on Tuesday, March 1, and Oliver is now making a remarkable recovery.
RSPCA inspector Sue Haywood said: “This was an unimaginable act of cruelty. It makes my stomach turn to think about what this callous person has done to this poor kitten.”
“The vet said Oliver’s eyes were so badly ulcerated they could not be saved, and he clearly would have suffered for a long period of time because no one got him the urgent veterinary treatment he needed.”
And Inspector Haywood also said that when the time comes for Oliver to be rehomed he will have no problems finding one thanks to his lovely nature.
She said: “Oliver is a remarkably friendly and kind-spirited kitten. Even just after he had his operation and although he couldn’t see, he was just meowing and seeking attention.
“He had his head up and alert – like he was trying to sense where we were so that he could come over for a fuss.
“Although Oliver has lost both his eyes, he is such an incredibly brave, intelligent and resourceful kitten that he will have no difficulty adapting to his disability.
“He was already unable to see before the operation, and was managing to find his way around without any problems and so the vet felt that it was the right thing to do to remove his eyes and give him a chance.”
Inspector Haywood is now appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward with any information.
Anyone who know the owner of the cat or who may have seen the former owners dumping him can call the RSPCA cruelty line, in confidence, on 0300 1234 999.