Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Smuggled kittens quarantined after arriving from Hungary

Four frightened kittens face nearly two months in quarantine after being smuggled into Britain on a lorry from Hungary.

A spot check by UK border authorities at the Port of Dover revealed the tiny kittens locked in a freight container, likely without food or water. When questioned, the lorry driver could not produce any documentation to prove the kittens were his or that he had pet passports to transport them into the UK. 

two grey tabby kittens, one light brown tabby kitten and one tortoiseshell kitten

Realising the risk of prosecution, and to avoid being liable for the cost of putting the kittens through quarantine, the driver agreed to sign over the litter to the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency. Unfortunately, quarantine catteries and kennels at the port could not take them in and the kittens faced the risk of being put to sleep. 

Animal rescuers stepped in and the kittens were given temporary sanctuary at a rescue centre until they could be transported to a quarantine cattery, where they will remain for seven weeks, before being homed by Cats Protection.
Cats Protection Team Manager Karen Corbin said: “These four little mites have swerved a tragic end more than once in their short lives. Their journey in a freight container would have been pretty horrid and then their luck nearly ran out when they couldn’t find anyone to take them at Dover. 

“If only they could talk, they’d have a few tales to tell. But they’re in good hands now they will be rehomed to loving homes when they come out of quarantine.”

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  1. Poor little things. I hope they are settled now. I would be very interested in offering one of them a home when they are ready following quarantine.

  2. They are so beautiful would love to adopt one ,thank god they are safe,

  3. They will have a better life here than they might have had in Hungary.

  4. I would love to rehome the grey kitten in the back of the picture

  5. I would love to rehome a couple of these beautiful babies! My beloved cat died back in April, and I'm now feeling very kitten broody. ��

  6. Are these kittens up for adoption?

  7. Poor little things, thank god for they were found and helped. I would like to join the long list of people wanting to rehome one of these beautiful babies

  8. I would be interested in adopting one of the kitties when up for adoption Pam Bull