Kittens tied up in trash bag, left in dumpster

Posted at 5:31 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 19:01:07-04

They don't have names. They are too young to open their eyes. And, their meows are so faint, you can barely hear them up close.

Still, two week old kittens used their little voices to save themselves.

"This was high-pitched, distressful, help like cries," explained Brad Parrott.

Parrott was visiting friends at Clearwater Trailer City, a mobile home park off Clearwater Largo Road North, on Wednesday.

He told ABC Action News he started cleaning out his car and went to throw garbage into a dumpster when he heard the cries.

Parrott jumped into the dumpster and started rifling through trash bags.

"The next thing I know I see little feet kicking at the bottom of these plastic bags, the bags are tied so tight around these kittens they are just smashed together," he recalled.

Parrott immediately ripped open the bag, freeing the kittens.

"One of them was crying and the other was obviously fighting for air," Parrott noted.

He took them home and fed them using a syringe over night. 

The next day, he returned to the park to try and look for their mother.

Miraculously, the mother of the kittens came up to his truck and started meowing. He says she grabbed each kitten in her mouth and took them to safety. That is when another tenant took the mother and kittens into her home.

She continues giving them shelter while the kittens continue nursing.

"It disgusts me. I don't understand how somebody can take a living creature and just throw it away, just throw away life," Parrott said.

Sadly, this is not the first time this mobile home park has dealt with kittens and adult cats being found in trash bags disposed of in dumpsters.

According to Brian Null, he was walking by a set of dumpsters two months ago. He too heard meowing.

Inside of a tied trash bag, Null found four kittens.

He rushed the kittens to a neighbor who works as a veterinary assistant. That neighbor declined to comment on camera but told ABC Action News she took the kittens in to the shelter and all four survived. 

She added all four were also adopted and are still doing well today.

"It's to the point where it is ridiculous because who is to say what they would do to one of us," said Null of the perpetrator.

Last week, Null said three adult cats were found inside another dumpster. They too were in a plastic garbage bag and had been mutilated.

"It blows my mind that there are people out there that are so cruel and have no value for life," Parrott said.

No one in the park can be sure who is responsible. They have notified the police and park management.

They've also started posting up notes on all dumpsters. The notes are written on white pieces of paper and warn the perpetrator that community members are aware of what they are doing and are watching the area.