TROY, N.Y. - Troy Police Captain John Cooney says Tuesday morning, a concerned citizen called to report that she had discovered three kittens, very young and frail looking, in a laundry basket in the area of Ida Street and Third Street.
Police were dispatched to the area to retrieve the kittens, but the caller had already drove to the station prior to officers' arrival to hand the kittens in to the police desk.
Cooney said it appeared someone had made a poor attempt to cover the basket with a plastic garbage bag. "Their attempt to excuse their cruelty was not successful; the kittens were soaked and shivering," Cooney says.
Cooney says Troy Police would like to reinforce the premise that "pet owners who can no longer care for their dog or cat are welcome to turn in the animals at a local shelter; in our case, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands."
"If getting to the shelter is a problem, please call your local animal control or try your local police department," Cooney continues. "Please make every effort to get the animals to safe haven. Abandonment is not an option, and it could end up putting you in serious legal trouble."
All three kittens have been taken to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.