CCTV caught the moment a heartless woman walked down the street with a laundry bag full of eight terrified cats and baby kittens before dumping them.
Susan Maude was spotted leaving her Tranmere home just after midnight on August 6 last year struggling with a large, zipped-up laundry bag.
The 62-year-old was again caught by the same neighbour’s CCTV camera at 12.41am coming home without the bag.
Wirral magistrates heard the same zipped up laundry bag was discovered on land off Southwick Road, Tranmere, on August 6 last year.
Inside were five baby kittens and adult cats Polly, Dolly and Dylan.
Maude, who now lives in Wakefield Road, Normanton, was charged with failing to ensure a suitable environment for the baby kittens and a dog named Rusty, and failing to protect them from pain, suffering, injury or disease through dumping the cats and letting the dog loose.
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According to the Liverpool Echo , she did not attend court and was found guilty in her absence. A warrant was issued for her arrest.
Wirral RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes said CCTV cameras owned by people in the street were crucial to the case – and thanked members of the public for raising the alarm.
He said: “A member of the public rang a cat rescue charity and asked them to come out and collect an animal. When they got there they discovered a cat popping its head out of a bag and found there were three adult cats and five kittens inside.
“They were dumped in a place where they were unlikely to be found – a car park next to some wheelie bins – in the middle of the night and in my opinion it was like they were left with the trash.
“She has then moved 100 miles away without a care in the world for them.”
Inspector Joynes added: “We’re very lucky that we didn’t end up with a bag full of dead cats.
“It was a hot August day and they weren’t found until early afternoon. They must have been scared and stressed but luckily they’ve come into the RSPCA ’s care and they now have new homes.
“We’re also lucky that members of the public who live in the street have their own security cameras and I’ve got to thank them.”