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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace SPCA says animal abandonment on the rise in the North Peace.

During the Victoria Day long weekend, a good samaritan noticed an abandoned cat with eight four week old kittens. The good samaritan noticed the cats because of the attention they were getting from several ravens.

“She thought she must be hearing things when she heard their little ‘meows’, for how unlikely is it for kittens to be at a dog park?” says North Peace BC SPCA Branch manager Candace Buchamer. “Thankfully, she investigated why the ravens were swooping and hanging around that area of shrubbery, and found Babie and her litter.”

The mom and kittens are now under the care of the North Peace SPCA. All the kittens were underweight and had a mild case of upper respiratory disease.

According to the SPCA, they have seen an 8 per cent increase from 2015 in animals that have been abandoned.

“Abandoning animals is not only a crime under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it is completely preventable and unnecessary,” she says. “We encourage the public to please, contact their local SPCA branch to arrange to have unwanted animals properly sheltered and cared for, and given a chance to live a long and happy life in a loving home.”

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