Public’s help sought after kittens allegedly abandoned inside Tea Tree Plaza

November 04, 2019

RSPCA South Australia is seeking public assistance to identify a man and a woman filmed by CCTV security cameras allegedly abandoning two kittens inside Tea Tree Plaza shopping mall at Modbury.

The kittens were placed in a garden bed located outside Tunzafun amusement centre at 2pm last Sunday. A cleaner noticed the kittens and alerted security staff, who safely contained the kittens before contacting RSPCA.

The RSPCA South Australia inspector who collected the kittens reported that they appeared scared by their ordeal, but were in good health. Both kittens are male and approximately 7 weeks old. They are both black and white, one short-haired and one long-haired.

CCTV footage shows a man carrying a kitten in one hand as he enters the mall with a woman. He is then seen placing the kitten among the plants in the indoor garden before the pair walk off.

They then stop inside the mall, and the woman removes a second kitten from her handbag and gives it to the man. They return to the garden, and he places this kitten among the plants too before they again walk off.

The kittens are currently being cared for at RSPCA South Australia’s Stepney headquarters. They will not be available for adoption while the investigation into their alleged abandonment continues.

The kittens are now in care.

Abandoning an animal is an offence under South Australia’s Animal Welfare Act, and anyone found guilty of such offence can face up to 2 years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine.

Anyone with information is urged to contact RSPCA on: 1300 4 777 22.

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