Live cats packed into airless boxes, abandoned at Kittanning animal shelter

Someone abandoned 17 cats outside the Orphans in the Storm animal shelter in Kittanning during the first week in November 2018. The cats were sutffed into two plastic tubs. The shelter is looking for information on who left the cats outside.

From Orphans in the Storm’s Facebook

Someone abandoned 17 cats outside the Orphans in the Storm animal shelter in Kittanning during the first week in November 2018. The cats were sutffed into two plastic tubs. The shelter is looking for information on who left the cats outside.

Someone abandoned 17 cats outside the Orphans in the Storm animal shelter in Kittanning during the first week in November 2018. The cats were sutffed into two plastic tubs. The shelter is looking for information on who left the cats outside.

From Orphans in the Storm’s Facebook

Someone abandoned 17 cats outside the Orphans in the Storm animal shelter in Kittanning during the first week in November 2018. The cats were sutffed into two plastic tubs. The shelter is looking for information on who left the cats outside.

Someone abandoned 17 cats outside the Orphans in the Storm animal shelter in Kittanning during the first week in November 2018. The cats were sutffed into two plastic tubs. The shelter is looking for information on who left the cats outside.

From Orphans in the Storm’s Facebook

Someone abandoned 17 cats outside the Orphans in the Storm animal shelter in Kittanning during the first week in November 2018. The cats were sutffed into two plastic tubs. The shelter is looking for information on who left the cats outside.

Nearly 20 cats are lucky to be alive after spending who knows how long crammed into two small plastic containers without air holes.

Staff at a Kittanning animal shelter arrived at work one day this week to discover 17 live cats stuffed into the tubs.

Orphans of the Storm shelter is offering $500 for information on whoever abandoned the animals outside its doors and left them overnight.

“The cats are lucky to be alive,” said Bethann Galbraith, shelter manager. “There were no air holes in either container. We don’t know how long they were there before we came in.”

Whoever is responsible could face fines of $5,000 and two years in jail per cat, according to the shelter.

The cats are in good health and good spirits.

Orphans of the Storm also needs help finding temporary homes for the animals.

The shelter is inundated with cats at this time of year and does not have room for more, Galbraith said.

Staff are looking to other shelters and foster families.

Anyone willing to foster a cat, or with information about whoever left them at the shelter, is asked to call (724) 548-4520

Jacob Tierney is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jacob at 724-836-6646, jtierney@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Soolseem.