Cats rescued from sealed container in Tigard-area dumpster
Left to suffocate in a Rubbermaid-like container in a dumpster, two young female cats are lucky to be alive.
On Saturday morning, an employee at the Washington Square PetSmart discovered the cats left to die behind the store.
They were both inside a nearly new, sealed blue plastic tub inside the dumpster on top of trash, according to Kathy Covey, a spokeswoman for Cat Adoption Team, a feline shelter located in Sherwood.
The store manager told Covey that the employee makes a point to inspect contents of containers when they are thrown away, just in case something like this were to happen.
"Apparently this employee grew up in New York and years ago a news story about a baby abandoned in a similar way struck a cord with his mother," Covey said.
The cats were checked out by the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital inside the PetSmart and then rested for the day inside the Cat Adoption Team center at the store.
By Saturday evening, the two young female cats were safe at the Sherwood shelter.
One, a brown tabby, is possibly in the early stages of pregnancy shelter officials said, and is about one year old; the other is an orange tabby, who shelter officials believe is spayed. She is about two or three years old.
Right now the cats are not available for public viewing or adoption, Covey said.
Covey is urging anyone who knows something about these cats or the person who left them to die to contact Beaverton Police.
Animal abandonment is against the law in Oregon and is a Class B Misdemeanor (punishable by 6 months in jail and/or a $2,500 penalty).
If you have a cat you can no longer keep, Cat Adoption Team has resources to help at its website.
"Please dont wait until the last minute to try to find a new home for your cats," said Cat Adoption Team Executive Director Karen Green. Because local animal shelters do have an intake process and a waiting list, it is better to get on the list early.
Covey said that everyone at Cat Adoption Team wishes to thank the Washington Square PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital for helping to save these two young cats.
Anyone with information is asked to call Beaverton Police at 503-629-0111.