Large Cat Stuffed In Tiny Carrier, Left In Hot Weather Outside Shelter

Lisa Fielding
May 30, 2018 - 5:06 pm

Porter County Animal Shelter

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VALPARAISO, Ind. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When the staff of a Northwest Indiana animal shelter arrived at work Wednesday morning, they found a large, long-haired cat stuffed into a small animal carrier out in the sun. 

Toni Bianchi, director of the Porter County Animal Shelter in Valparaiso, said this is not okay.

"It's against Indiana law to abandon an animal outside of a shelter like that. It comes with some kind of fine," she said.

The temperature had already reached 80 degrees by 7:30 a.m., when workers made the discovery, Bianchi said. The carrier was sized for a cat a third the animal’s size.

"He was squashed in there, already overheated and panting. He couldn't even move,” she said.

The abandoned cat in his too-small carrier (Porter County Animal Shelter)

The 15-pound feline's front claws had been removed, so he's likely an inside cat.

"He looks like he was well taken care of, but someone apparently didn't want him anymore, and instead of coming to the shelter during business hours and following protocol they just decided to leave him there," she said.

Bianchi says this kind of abandonment has occurred a few times since the shelter relocated about a year ago.

“I get that this is better than releasing him on the road, but this is still a problem, especially in this heat,” she said.

The good news: The cat, a male, is doing well. He is lucky he was found when he was.

"He's fine, kicking back in the kitty kennel and we'll hold him for seven days to make sure he doesn't have any respiratory diseases or anything like that, then he'll be put up for adoption," Bianchi said.

Anyone with information that could help identify the owner is encouraged to contact the shelter.

Porter County Animal Shelter