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17 abandoned cats taken in at local shelter

GLENVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A local animal shelter is at cat capacity after the discovery of two containers packed with cats and kittens.

The sign reads, "Here Kitty Kitty!" And oh boy, does the Animal Protective Foundation have a lot of them. That's after two bins filled with cats and kittens was found dumped along an area roadway.

Two pedestrians walking along a Schenectady County roadway made the discovery Monday night.

Seventeen cats and kittens in all were crammed into a large plastic container and a cat carrier.

Thanks to the good Samaritan's who found them, they were brought to the Animal Protective Foundation in Glenville.

"This is Jasper. He's the one was in the container," Amy Duskiewicz, the shelter director, said.

Duskiewicz says it's unclear who dumped the cats.

"No holes, It had been sealed and luckily those people found them."

The morning they arrived, and Duskiewicz posted a video. The lid on the bin now cracked to allow for air as the cats had to be safely evaluated one by one.

"This puts us over capacity. So we really need help."

The offers for donations were immediate.

"I certainly didn't expect so many people to be so engaged so quickly. And we appreciate it."

She says except for some fleas and ear mites, the cats are relatively healthy.

They suspect most are strays, but the shelter is holding on to the ones that aren't spayed or neutered for a bit, in the hope of possible reunions with any rightful owners.

Danielle Chapola came to the shelter after hearing the story from her hairdresser.

"We were discussing, why didn't they bring them to an animal shelter instead of putting them in a bin?!" Chapola said.

After losing her cat this summer, she says she's considering adopting one of the cats rescued from the container.

Only a few cats are currently, but more will continue to be available over the next couple of days and weeks. If you're interested in adopting, you know where to go.


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