Luzerne County cat rescue addresses “kitten crisis”


WEST PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There’s a kitten crisis in Luzerne County. A local cat rescue says they’ve seen a recent rise in abandoned kittens on bridges or on side of a road.

The rescue warriors cat rescue says four kittens have been abandoned in the past two weeks. None of them were feral including this little guy behind me.

Meet beetle but he’s a young kitten recovering from being abandoned early last week on the Carey Avenue Nbridge a driver says beetle was seen crossing the bridge before he got trapped in the car.

“This little nugget was tucked up in the wheel well of her Volkswagen beetle,” Karen Simms, the kitten’s foster parent.

Karen Simms fosters cats for the rescue warriors cat rescue. She says the beetle got a road rash near his mouth and eye from the incident.

“So our assumption is that somebody threw him out of a moving vehicle,” stated Simms.

A week later he’s slowly coming out of his shell at his foster family’s home. Simms said within the same day the rescue received “Mya” who was seen thrown out of a car in plains on River Street

“There was an eyewitness to that one, there was a blue vehicle they didn’t get the license plate because they were just so worried about getting the kitten to safety,” said Simms.

Another kitten was abandoned on the pierce street bridge over the weekend seen escaping a bag on the side of the road.

The Luzerne County SPCA says that kitten is resting soundly in their intake as they begin to prepare him for his journey toward adoption.

“So we just want to get the word out there to the community that this is happening um you know and these little guys they don’t deserve that,” stated Simms.

Simms says the increase in alleged animal abuse is just another reason she stresses people get their animals fixed.

“For 35 dollars 40 dollars you can have your cat spay or neutered it controls the population and then all these unwanted kittens, it wouldn’t be,” said Simms.

Late this afternoon the rescue told me another black kitten was reported at the exit in Moosic. We also spoke with the Luzerne County SPCA earlier today who told me there are currently no open investigations into the issue.

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