Fine threat over abandoned cats in Northamptonshire

Three unneutered male cats left in a cardboard box
Image caption Three cats were abandoned outside South Holme Court in Northampton

The number of cats being dumped in Northamptonshire is on the rise, according to the RSPCA.

In the past two weeks, seven cats have been found around the county. Some had been trapped in boxes to prevent them from escaping.

An RSPCA spokesperson said that dumping animals was "completely irresponsible" and could lead to a fine.

Three male cats were found at South Holme Court in Northampton in the latest incident, on 27 November.

RSPCA inspector Michelle Hare said: "We would just like to hear from anyone who may have any information regarding this incident, or who may know who owns these cats.

"It is very upsetting to think that these animals have all apparently just been dumped."

Cats have also been found at Sywell Country Park and on Semilong Road in Northampton.

Under the Animal Welfare Act, those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal face a maximum fine of £20,000 and/or six months in jail.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: "People need to be aware that they are committing an offence if they abandon an animal."

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