TWO Warwick women made a horrific discovery when they found three dumped kittens wrapped in cling wrap inside a bin at the weekend.
Harmony Maloney said she found the kittens when she and her mother heard the cats meowing from inside a steel bin as they were walking past the empty Pig & Calf Saleyards on Lyons St.
"They looked like they were from different litters," Ms Maloney said.
"Their whiskers were burnt and they were covered in blood."
One of the kittens had already died when they were discovered.
"It's just dreadful that people could do that," Ms Maloney said. "It's a miracle (any) survived."
Ms Maloney took the surviving kittens home to care for them.
"They were pretty scared the first night and running around," she said.
"But we cleaned them up and they really came out of their shell."
Ms Maloney has now had a friend adopt one kitten and surrendered the other to the Warwick Animal Welfare Association, with 'Lucky' now available for adoption. "We just want to see them go to a good home," she said.
Warwick Animal Welfare Association vice-president Jenny Alker said that abandoned cats were common in the area.
Just a week earlier, some tiny kittens were found dumped at a local football field.
"For us it's all about the animals," Mrs Alker said.
"People should know that we're here to help, we don't give up on any animal and work to put them in a loving home."
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the reason Australia has a feral cat problem is because people continue to dump unwanted animals.
"I hope more people would get their cats desexed to avoid unwanted litters," he said. "You could try to re-home them or take them to the pound, you don't just dump them in the bush - it's totally irresponsible."
Mr Beatty said RSPCA shelters across the state were full, with a waiting period to house more animals.
But he said the number of unwanted animals was no excuse for cruelty.
"Often they are just dumped in the river or the sea," Mr Beatty said.
"If they wanted to kill the cat, they could end its life humanely, and that's not wrapping it in glad wrap and leaving it to die."
Contact the RSPCA on 1300264625 to report animal cruelty.
For more information about adopting Lucky, turn to Page 14.