Animals Posted May 7, 2021
Poor Charlie had a horrific start to her young life. Found with duct tape wrapped around her neck, legs and torso, she was taken into the RSPCA. The vets carefully removed the tape and were shocked to discover remnants of fire crackers and burn injuries to Charlie’s neck and mouth.

On 27 July at approximately 9:30pm, RSPCA Queensland received a call advising that a kitten had been found discarded in a wheelie bin outside a residential property in Park Ridge.

kitten wrapped in duct tape and inside a box

The kitten was found with duct tape wrapped around its neck, legs and torso and was taken to the RSPCA Wacol campus Veterinary Hospital. When the tape was removed, veterinarian staff discovered remnants of fire crackers and burn injuries to the kitten’s neck and mouth.

kitten next to tape that has been removed from its body

On 29 July, RSPCA Inspectors accompanied by Queensland police officers, executed a warrant at a Crestmead address.

The RSPCA seized a number of items including a piece of used duct tape with cat fur matching the description of the kitten located in the bin. A mobile device was also seized which contained a video of a person lighting firecrackers which were taped to the kitten.

No animals were located at the property.

“The investigation is ongoing,” said RSPCA Queensland Chief Inspector Daniel Young. “Quite frankly I’m at a loss for words. How anyone could treat an animal like this and then discard her like rubbish is appalling. This level of offending shows a complete lack of empathy and a very disturbing level of cruelty.”

Thankfully, Charlie is now on the mend from her terrible ordeal, and is getting much care and attention.

healthy kitten on shoulder of Rspca inspector

Have you witnessed an act of animal cruelty, or have an animal welfare concern? Read more here to find out what to do.

For animal emergencies, make sure you call 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).

Sam Morris
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