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Schoolchildren find newborn kittens dumped in plastic bag

Schoolchildren who discovered a bag containing five newborn kittens that were abandoned in Mullaghbawn have been praised by the Ulster Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) whose spokesman said that without their intervention, the animals would have died.

The discovery was made by the children on their way to school on Wednesday morning last when they noticed the plastic bag discarded in a bus shelter.  Inside were five tiny kittens, believed to be just a day or two old.  

The animals were brought to the USPCA who said their umbilical cords were still attached and they were shivering, having been out in the cold all night.

All five kittens required to be bottle-fed every hour to help them survive and are said to be doing well.

A spokesman for the USPCA praised the rescuers and branded those responsible for abandoning the kittens as “callous”.

He said: “A group of schoolchildren came across a plastic bag in a bus shelter in Mullaghbawn. It contained five newborn kittens.  The kittens appeared to be a day or two old and are likely to have spent the night outside in the damp and cold.

Five newborn kittens abandoned in a plastic bag in Mullaghbawn.

“A kind member of the public took the kittens into the USPCA Newry Animal Hospital and they are now being cared for.  Thanks are due to the rescuers, without their intervention the kittens would have died, and shame on the callous individual who saw fit to dump them to their fate.”

The USPCA said this incident highlights the importance of neutering and spaying pets to avoid unwanted litters.  The charity can be contacted on 028 3025 1000 or for more information visit