Kittens 'tied up and beaten' in Belfast

Published Friday, 16 August 2013
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A local animal trust has appealed for help in finding feral cats in north Belfast after reports that a number of kittens have been attacked.

Kittens 'tied up and beaten' in Belfast
The Cats Protection League helps rehome cats across the UK and NI. (© CP Library)

The charity 7th Heaven Animal Rescue Trust, based in Newtownabbey, said kittens had been beaten and even hanged in the Yorkgate area of north Belfast.

The Cats Protection League confirmed that they had been contacted on Thursday by a woman who reported seeing "kittens being swung by their tails or tied up and beaten by some youths" in the area.

"As a result, two Cats Protection volunteers visited the area that evening and managed to trap an injured kitten and take it to the vet, where it is now receiving veterinary care," a spokesperson said.

One kitten was taken to a vet after one of the adoption centre's volunteers found the injured animal.

The charity said they could not confirm if it was one of the same kittens reported to them, but they said it was likely that this was the case and they have reported the incident to the PSNI and the local animal welfare officer.

A spokesperson for Belfast City Council confirmed they had received report that kittens had been tied up in the North Queen Street area.

Andrew Doherty, Deputy Manager at Cats Protection's Belfast Adoption Centre, said: "Naturally we are appalled by this reported act of cruelty.

"As the UK's leading feline welfare charity, Cats Protection is completely dedicated to cats and their care so when we take in cats or kittens that have been mistreated, it is absolutely heart-breaking.

"We would urge anyone with any information about these incidents to contact the PSNI or the Animal Welfare Officer for Belfast via Belfast City Council. It is vital that we all do that we can to ensure that these terrible acts do not go unpunished."

Seventh Heaven Animal Rescue Trust has appealed for the cats to be found as young kittens need to be kept with their mothers.

They have also asked for anyone willing to foster any animals recovered to contact them.

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michelle steele in Ballyclarre wrote (520 days ago):
I hope these people who have been cruel to these kittens really suffer the consiquences. these poor wee innocent animals that suffered didnt even need to. I now hope these wee ones get a safe and loveing home. these charities do a fantastic job. I got my cat honey from 7th heaven animal rescue trust over 7 years ago and they done a fantastic job. plus wouldnt mind taking one of these wee kittens into my very heart
Caroline Satterfield in West Union, Ohio, USA wrote (529 days ago):
It's a well-known fact that children/young adults that participate in the abuse of animals are likely to escalate such behaviour as they grow up, advancing to violence against humans.
7th Heaven Animal Rescue Trust in Newtownabbey wrote (530 days ago):
We would like to thank the individual volunteers that helped us on Thursday evening rescuing the cats. Once we got the call from the lady alerting us to the serious situation that had been ongoing for a number of weeks we immediately posted a message on facebook asking for help and headed down to see what we could do ourselves. The lady had told us she has already contacted the police, the city council and other animal charities but nobody else would help. We would like to clarify that it was a number of individual volunteers who showed up on their own initiative to help us after our urgent request. It is they who deserve the praise not any other organisation. 7th Heaven have taken 3 kittens and a young female cat and are still waiting for the feral mother of some of the kittens to come in to us. The other volunteers have taken two female cats. We will be going down over the next few days to see if any more turn up. 7th Heaven have offered to fund all costs of this rescue and any rescued from the site in the near future. We are still looking for people who are willing to give permanent homes for feral cats. We also need people who can look after pregnant ferals or feral mothers with young kittens on a temporary basis as 7th Heaven do not believe in aborting kittens just because it would be more convenient to spay a feral cat when it has been trapped. If anyone can help please e-mail us at
disgusted cat lover in northern Ireland wrote (530 days ago):
cats are loving trusting beautiful.they don't judge you or criticise you like some humans do.cats provide unconditional love.the scum that harm wee animals should get a dose of their own medicine and be locked aw ay in prison cat is my baby she is 19 and on youtube under Pippa man utd cat.she is indoor cat to protect her from the evil scum in our society who harm wee cats.I want to thank cats protection for their great work.
Bob in Belfast wrote (530 days ago):
I am not a cat petsob but to do this to a animal is disgusting
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